Broad-headed Skink (Plestiodon laticeps) - Ohio Herp Atlas

Broad-headed Skink Plestiodon laticeps

The broad-headed skink, which grows from six to 12 inches long, is the largest lizard in Ohio. The female and young closely resemble the female and young of the five-lined skink. Young specimens even have a bright blue tail. Large males become a uniform olive-brown and have considerable red coloration on the head. The back of the head is greatly enlarged. This skink is essentially a woodland inhabitant. It is found only in several counties in the southern half of the state and is rare even there. Occasionally, broad-headed skinks can be observed high in the branches of dead trees. It has the distinction of being the most arboreal of our four species of skinks. LENGTH: 6.5”–12.75”

Text courtesy of the Ohio Division of Wildlife: https://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/portals/wildlife/pdfs/publications/id%20guides/pub354_Reptiles-opt.pdf

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Distribution map of Broad-headed Skink (Plestiodon laticeps)
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