The Ever-So-Little Brown Skink, 05 July 2018

Scincella lateralis, the Little brown skink;
Alachua county, Florida (05 July 2018).

Following the every-so-tiny Brahminy blind snake from our last post, let’s check out another tiny, diminutive reptilian species in Florida: the native Little brown skink, Scincella lateralis. Also sometimes referred to as the “Ground skink,” this species ranges throughout much of the southeastern United States. As adults, the Little brown skink averages upwards to about five inches in length (tail included). Though it often hides beneath surface-level debris such as leaves or fallen bark, you can still find this tiny skink slinking its way around atop the ground, especially in the shade and during the daylight hours, actively hunting and consuming tiny arthropods.

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