Broad-headed Skink - Plestiodon laticeps

Broad-headed Skink - 2020

*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:  Statewide, but records lacking in southwest and north-central Louisiana.


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Global Conservation Status:  Broad-headed 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:  Broad-headed Skinks do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks: I have only observed an occasional individual of this species in varying parts of the state, including the Atchafalaya Basin, Chicot State Park (Evangeline Parish), Lafayette Parish, West Feliciana Parish, and Black Bayou Lake NWR (Ouachita Parish). In Spring 2018 we saw many individuals at Fontainebleau State Park during our LARE field trip.

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