Southeastern Five-lined Skink - Plestiodon inexpectatus

Southeastern Five-lined Skink

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

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Subspecies: No subspecies recognized.


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Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  The Florida Parishes.


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Global Conservation Status:  Southeastern Five-lined Skinks are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Southeastern Five-lined Skinks do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks: I found a couple individuals of this species in a couple different areas of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, in spring and summer 2015. In early 2019 I found an individual at the Audubon Zoo, which is outside their native range in Louisiana. It was possibly a stowaway from horticultural shipments from their native range. Outside of Louisiana, I have only ever found them in two locations, one in Wilson County, Tennessee, where they were common and observed every visit there, and the other in 2013 to a site just across the Pearl River in Mississippi.

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