A Field Guide to the Prairie

Prairie Skink
Photo: Dr. Barney Oldfield
Prairie Skink
Eumeces septentrionalis
Length: 12-24 cm (5-9 in.)
Habitat/Range: It is found in a band from Minnesota and western Wisconsin to eastern Texas. They prefer open grassy areas in savanna-like areas with scattered rocks.
Eating Habits: This is a very secretive species and spends most of its day under rocks and other ground cover. They eat crickets, grasshoppers, treehoppers, leafhoppers, beetles, caterpillars, and spiders.
This skink has three wide light tan stripes separated by two dark lines that run from head onto the tail. Also, there are three black or dark stripes found on each side. The abdomen is gray or tan without markings.
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