Family: Scincidae

The family Scincidae is a diverse and cosmopolitan family consisting of approximately 100 genera and about 1090 species (Pough et al. 1998).  Skinks in general are characterized by smooth cycloid scalesClick word for definition, a well developed secondary palate, osteodermsClick word for definition (bony elements in the skin) that are comprised of many small bones, and limb reduction in several species.The only representative of this family in Idaho is the Western Skink (Eumeces skiltonianus).
Eumeces skiltonianus
(Western Skink)

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