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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-10-13
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-02-15 19:20
Viewed: 1876
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Most probably, this is an immature 'Plestiodon laticeps'. Commonly known as 'Broad-headed Skink'.

This North American lizard is found to reside in humid forest areas where leaf litter is abundant. I photographed it in that forest through which the famous 'green-line' passes.

Gorgeous creature! It was basking then, i think. And once noticed me, had vanished in no time. Prompt and fast :)

Well, on a second thought, could it be 'Eumeces fasciatus' i.e., Five-lined Skink?

I doubt.. :/

The closed ring on the forehead is something special and creating confusion as well.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
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Hello Ruby'
A great shot of this cute little skink. You have photographed it very well in the bright sunlight.
I have never seen a skink here in my part of Ohio, so I really don't know much about them. My guess after looking at a lot of photos of both types would be that this is a five-lined.
The Broadheaded and Five-lined are supposedly hard to tell apart until they reach full maturity. The Broadheaded reaches a max.of 13 inches while the Five-lined only grows to a lenght of 8.5 inches.

Good to see you back, Ruby.
Nice capture of this Skink from North America.
The special markings on its back have been well captured.

Nice shot of this rather elusive (but common) skink. You did well to capture him/her in the sun in the open away from leaf litter. Skinks are natures primary food source for the beloved chiggers that plague the central, southeast, and eastern portions of the United States!!


Hi Ruby
Good capture of this Skink. With good light from a good point of view which you converted into nice colour and detail. The shinny hi-light on his body reflects the idea of his smooth skin. I did a WS of your photo and changed the composition a bit did some PP on the head. Hope you don't mine .
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

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