Little Brown Skink (Scincella lateralis) (aka Ground Skink)
6 April 2015: At Avondale Park next to Cooper Creek in Denton, Texas, we came upon Little Brown Skink (Scincella lateralis) (aka Ground Skink) hidden under some organic debris. This one had clearly lost its tail once to some would-be predator and was growing a new one. We managed to take its pic before it scampered off to some new nook it found not too far away from where it'd been discovered and we let it be, Little Brown Skink. Avondale Park and Cooper Creek are administered by the City of Denton, Texas.
Source: J. D. Wilson, "Ground Skink (Scincella lateralis)," Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Herpetology Program, description and images, accessed 10.11.15, http://srelherp.uga.edu/lizards/scilat.htm
Note: Here's the URL to the academic program in Herpetology from whence our source is derived, accessed 10.11.15, http://srelherp.uga.edu/
We quote directly from the description of this program provided at their home page: "The University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) has been an important center for extensive and intensive herpetological research since 1967. SREL researchers have captured, marked, and released more than 1 million individuals of 100 species of reptiles and amphibians. These captures represent more species of reptiles and amphibians than have been confirmed from any other public land area in the United States. Participants in the SREL herpetology research programs have always included faculty of the University of Georgia, post-doctoral associates, graduate students and undergraduate research participants from a variety of universities. Other participants include research technicians and numerous visiting herpetologists from throughout the world. Research is conducted on SRS and at sites across the U.S. Current research with amphibians and reptiles includes emphasis in ecotoxicology, wetlands ecology, and applied conservation and management."
Since the weather was so awesome today, I spent the afternoon exploring this other park by Lake Worth.
Didn't get the best shots of this little lizard -- it was a speedy one! :)
Scincella laterallis. found over 20 of these here in 1 day.
The Little Brown Skink (Scincella lateralis), also known as the Ground Skink (which may refer to any Scincella species however), is a small species of skink found throughout much of the eastern half of the United States, and into northern Mexico.