Field Guide to Maryland's Lizards (Order Squamata)
Sub-order Lacertilia, Family Scincidae
Northern Coal Skink
Plestiodon a. anthracinus
Photo of Adult Northern Coal Skink courtesy of Charlie Stine
4 ½ inches – 7 inches
Usually found in moist wooded areas, near springs or creeks. May take cover in rocky outcrops or under debris or even shallow water.
How to Find
May find females guarding eggs in leaf debris during late spring or summer. May be found foraging for insects during daylight hours.
Photo of Habitat for Northern Coal Skink courtesy of Rebecca Chalmers
Distribution in Maryland
This animal has only been found in Garrett and western Allegany Counties;
there are no recent records of this animal. It is state-listed as
Endangered. If you observe a northern coal skink in Garrett or Allegany
Counties, please contact the MD DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service.
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