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skinks in new england

skinks in new england
New England is home to dozens of species of mammals, hundreds of varieties of birds, and tens of thousands of different insects, but only one lizard: the five-lined skink. Though I am fond of reptiles and often seek them out, I have never seen a...

Subscribe Donate The five-lined skink is the only lizard native to New England.By BRETT AMY THELEN The Outside Story Published: 10/5/2020 5:11:34 PM Modified: 10/5/2020 5:11:28 PM New England is home to dozens of species of mammals, hundreds of varieties of birds, and tens of thousands of different insects, but only one lizard: the five-lined skink.These shiny-scaled, fleet-footed lizards measure from 5 to 8½ inches long and are most active in New England from April through early October.Remarkably, though southwestern New England is generally considered the northern limit of their range, they also occur in Ontario.

The answer, of course, lies in the chill of New England winters and in the length of time it takes to grow and incubate eggs when, like all reptiles, skinks’ body temperature mirrors that of their surroundings.Could rising temperatures associated with climate change prompt New England’s skinks to move beyond these rocky haunts?

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