Southern Maryland Reptiles and Amphibians: Male Broad-headed Skink

This broad-headed skink (Plestiodon laticeps)  is a male. It is non venomous. Males of this species are easy to identify because their head will turn bright orange during their breeding season. Also, if you compared the head size of a male and a female with similar sized bodies, the head of the male would be larger.

My daughter discovered this guy just outside our house.

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