I believe this is a Gilbert skink, based on there being no stripes on the sides of the tail. I did flip other western skinks at this location so not 100% sure, can anyone confirm?
Saw a Gilbert's skink, which stood out among the horde of western fence lizards active that morning. A remarkably pale body with a bright pinkish head. Unfortunately it scurried away before I got a photo.
Adult with red head
Gilbert's skink (Plestiodon gilberti) is a species of heavy-bodied medium-sized lizard of the family of skinks. It is endemic to the southwestern United States, and grows to about 7 to 12 cm (2.75 to 4.75 inches) in total length.