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Southeastern Five Lined Skink

Plestiodon inexpectatus (Taylor 1932)

Distribution

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Continent: North-America
Distribution: USA (E Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, S Maryland)
Type locality: Citrus county, Florida.
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Plestiodon inexpectatus

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Plestiodon inexpectatus, the southeastern five-lined skink is a common skink in the southeastern United States.

Etymology

The specific name, inexpectatus ("the unexpected"), is possibly a reference to the unexpected discovery of this species in 1932, almost 175 years after Linnaeus described Plestiodon fasciatus, commonly known as the American five-lined skink.

Description

As their common name suggests, southeastern five-lined skinks have five characteristic narrow stripes along their bodies that become lighter with age. The middle stripe tends to be narrower than the others, and the dark areas between stripes are black in young skinks but become brown with age. A similar lizard, the common five-lined skink (Plestiodon fasciatus), is slightly smaller than the southeastern five-lined skink and has broader stripes. However, it is difficult to discriminate between these two species on the basis of physical appearance.

Young southeastern five-lined skinks have a bright blue or purplish tail, especially towards the tip. Also, stripes become a bright reddish orange towards the head. Juvenile coloration may persist into adulthood, giving the head of the animal an altogether orange-brown appearance.

Habitat

Southeastern five-lined skinks are common inhabitants of wooded areas of the southeastern United States. They are commonly found on small islands off the southeastern coast even in the absence of fresh water and vegetation.

Behavior

They are diurnal ground-dwelling animals.

Diet

Like other skinks of the genus Plestiodon, they feed primarily on insects, preferring larger prey such as grasshoppers.

In captivity

This skink species is easy to maintain in captivity. It has the same requirements as the common five-lined skink, although it can tolerate dryer conditions.

Reproduction

Southeastern five-lined skinks are oviparous; the clutch size varies from 6 to 12, with the number of eggs diminishing with higher latitudes. The female broods the eggs and protects them from predators, including other skinks. The hatchlings appear about one month after the eggs have been laid near the beginning of summer.

References

  1. ^ Hammerson, G.A. (2007). "Plestiodon inexpectatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2007: e.T64229A12756436. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2007.RLTS.T64229A12756436.en. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  2. ^ Smith, H. M. 2005. Plestiodon: a replacement name for most members of the genus Eumeces in North America. Journ. Kansas Herp. (14): 15-16.
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Plestiodon inexpectatus: Brief Summary

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Plestiodon inexpectatus, the southeastern five-lined skink is a common skink in the southeastern United States.

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Plestiodon inexpectatus

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Plestiodon inexpectatus est une espèce de sauriens de la famille des Scincidae[1].

Répartition

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Répartition de l'espèce.
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Cette espèce est endémique des États-Unis. Elle se rencontre dans l'est de la Louisiane, dans le Mississippi, dans le Tennessee, dans l'Alabama, en Géorgie, en Floride, en Caroline du Nord, en Caroline du Sud, en Virginie et dans le sud du Maryland[1].

Publication originale

  • Taylor, 1932 : Eumeces inexpectatus, a new American lizard of the family Scincidae. University of Kansas science bulletin, vol. 20, no 13, p. 251-258 (texte intégral).

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Plestiodon inexpectatus est une espèce de sauriens de la famille des Scincidae.

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