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Reptiles and Amphibians of North Dakota

Northern Prairie Skink (Eumeces septentrionalis)

species distribution map JPG -- Species Photo

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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