Many-lined Skink

Many-lined Skink

Scientific Name: Plestiodon multivirgatus
(Formerly:  Eumeces multivirgatus)

Family: Scincidae

Description & Size

  • Smooth scales
  • Short fore and hind limbs
  • Total length:  10.2-19.4 cm (4.0-7.6 inches)
  • Multiple stripes that run down the back of the body
    • Pair of white stripes on the 3rd scale row from the middle of the back
  • Stripes:  alternating between light and dark coloration
  • Base color:  dark brown to olive green


  • Shortgrass prairies
  • Mixedgrass prairies
  • Sandy soils


  • Terrestrial arthropods

Life History

  • Diurnal
  • Active season:  April – early October
  • Breeding season:  Spring
  • Lays eggs
  • 3-9 eggs per female


Many-lined Skink Range