Plestiodon laticeps is a species of lizard found in the southeastern United States. It is a medium-sized lizard, typically reaching lengths of 4-7 inches. It is characterized by a light gray or tan body with dark stripes running along its back and sides. Its head is usually darker than its body and has a distinct pattern of stripes and spots. It is found in a variety of habitats, including woodlands, grasslands, and wetlands. Its lifespan is typically 3-5 years in the wild. Its current population is stable, though it is threatened by habitat destruction and fragmentation.
Name Origin: Plestiodon laticeps, commonly known as the broad-headed skink, is a species of lizard found in the southeastern United States. The genus name Plestiodon is derived from the Greek words plesios, meaning "near" and odous, meaning "teeth". This is in reference to the skink's short, blunt teeth. The species name laticeps is derived from the Latin words latus, meaning "broad" and ceps, meaning "head". This is in reference to the skink's broad head.
Related Species: Plestiodon fasciatus, Plestiodon inexpectatus, Plestiodon anthracinus, Plestiodon obsoletus, Plestiodon gilberti