Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Reptiles and Amphibians of North Dakota
Northern Prairie Skink (Eumeces septentrionalis)
Prairie skinks are also known as black-banded skinks. They have smooth, shiny
scales and grow up to seven inches in length, with bands of brown and black
along the length of the back. Juvenile skinks are easily identified by their
bright blue tails.
Prairie skinks are active during the summer, and are found in sandy areas
such as the sand dunes and grasslands in eastern and northern North Dakota.
Their diet includes grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, caterpillars, and spiders.
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