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Don Becker
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Coal Skink?

Post by Don Becker » October 10th, 2013, 8:00 am

Is this a Coal Skink, or a Five-lined with a faded middle stripe? Sorry for the bad photo, I didn't have my field guide handy, and didn't know what parts to document, and cell phones don't take great shots of scalation.

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Re: Coal Skink?

Post by dery » October 10th, 2013, 8:15 am

Looks like coal. The adult se fivelines and fivelines I see have all lines dinstinctly marked. Precice plestiodon ID's I'm not good at.

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Re: Coal Skink?

Post by Jeff » October 10th, 2013, 11:50 am

Tossing in a difference of opinion -- coal skinks usually have vertical dark markings on the supralabials, and pale pinstripes on the upper margin of the dark lateral stripe, and relatively smaller head. No on the coal.

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Re: Coal Skink?

Post by justinm » October 10th, 2013, 12:12 pm

Donnie, where you is? It looks like it could be a Broadhead skink. I've been pouring over my pictures, and fee that is what you have.

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Re: Coal Skink?

Post by will lattea » October 10th, 2013, 12:38 pm

next time check the chin for a single post mental scale....

http://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociet ... _skink.php

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Re: Coal Skink?

Post by Don Becker » October 10th, 2013, 3:10 pm

will lattea wrote:next time check the chin for a single post mental scale....

http://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociet ... _skink.php

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Yeah yeah, I know that now...

Justin, it was in Montgomery County, MO.

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Re: Coal Skink?

Post by Jeff » October 10th, 2013, 4:10 pm

Now that the locality has been divulged, I had a look at Tom Johnson's Missouri book. His photo of an adult male common fiveline skink is a near perfect match to the one pictured in hand. Have a look, page 209 in the 1987 edition.

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Re: Coal Skink?

Post by kaptainkory » October 10th, 2013, 4:35 pm

Looks like a standard issue 5-lined skink for the MO/AR range to me.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaptainkor ... 269195931/

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