Little Brown Skink

Scincella lateralis


Little Brown Skinks range throughout Mississippi. Scincella lateralis is much smaller than those species in the genus Plestiodon. They are brown or bronze in color and have dark lines stretching down the length of the body on each side. Some individuals may have spotted patterning on the back. Head size is far smaller than other skink species. They can be found in a large range of habitats from woodlands, to swamps, to urban parks, often using logs and leaf litter for cover.

Adult Little Brown Skink, Tangipahoa Par. (LA)

Identifying Traits

  • Small brown or bronze body with thick, dark bar on each side


Woodlands, swamps, urban parks


Often encountered in high abundance moving among leaf litter in forest floors. Diurnal


Small invertebrates

Closeup, Tangipahoa Par. (LA)