Coal Skinks(Plestiodon, formerly Eumeces)

Northern Coal Skink (Plestiodon a. anthracinus, formerly Eumeces a. anthracinus)

Southern Coal Skink (Plestiodon anthracinus pluvialis, formerly Eumeces anthracinus pluvialis)

Coal Skinks are small (5 to 7 inches) skinks brownish skinks found in disjunct areas in the eastern United States. A broader range of these lizards occurs west of the Mississippi River from northwestern Louisiana to southern Missouri to eastern Nebraska to northeastern Texas. In South Carolina, Coal Skinks are found in the extreme northwestern mountainous tip of the state. The specimens in South Carolina are most likely intergrades of the Northern and Southern species.

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updated: April 21, 2009
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