A Sand Skink
Photo credit: USGS
The Endangered Reptiles
The Sand Skink
This unique, Endangered creature is of the Lizard family
and is a fossorial, meaning it dwells underground.
It is only found here in Central Florida in two specific
the Lake Wales and Mount Dora Ridges Scrub areas.
It prefers a Habitat of Longleaf Pines and
is found throughout the Ocala National Forest.
The Sand Skinks physical appearance is somewhat unusual,
it is about five inches long, shiny and silvery
and has no feet or legs.
It appears to swim under the sand.
Photo credit: USFW
The Sand Skink is beneficial to Humans and
quite valuable to have around your home,
as its diet consists primarily of Termites and
other harmful Subterranean Insects.
It lives between eight and ten years.
Places to learn more:
Animal Tracks in the Sand
Colorado Herpetological Society
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Sand and Bluetail Mole Skink
Walking with the Alligators
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