In addition to lordomor skinks also tend to have no pronounced neck and sport relatively small legs.
Some skink characteristics include: color which varies among the skinks, but many have rather drab, brownish bodies. The males of numerous species, however, often develop colorful heads during the breeding season. In many species, juveniles have bright blue, red, or yellow tails, which are believed to help them escape attacks by predators, or animals that hunt them for food. The predator snaps at the colored tail, which the young skink drops before running away. Adults are also able to lose their tails and survive.
In general, skinks have small scales that are very smooth. Their scales look shiny when the light hits them. They also have very fat necks – no real distinction between their head and neck.
Skinks resemble snakes more than any other lizard. A good way to spot one is that they do not have a pronounced neck. Their skin is smooth with a slight shimmer to it. Some skins may have colored tongues (such as the blue tongued skink). There have the ability to regenerate their tales. So if you see a lizard without a tail it may be a skink.
Skinks usually have smooth, shiny, overlapping scales and long bodies. Their heads are cone shaped, and their pupils are round. They usually have large, transparent scales going along their bodies. They are alert and active, but tend to be secreative and spend a lot of time foraging under leaf litter.
The most distinguishable characteristic of a skink is its smooth appearance. Also they have cone-shaped heads.
Skinks look roughly like true lizards, but most species have no pronounced neck and sport relatively small legs. Several genera (e.g., Typhlosaurus) have no limbs at all; others, such as Neoseps, have only reduced limbs. Often, their way of moving resembles that of snakes more than that of other lizards. The longer the digits, the more arboreal the species is. A biological ratio exists that can determine the ecological niche of a given skink species. The SENI (Scincidae Ecological Niche Index) is a ratio based on anterior foot length at the junction of the ulna/radius-carpal bones to the longest digit divided by the snout-to-vent length (SVL).
Skinks usually have long, tapering tails that can be shed and regenerated.
Most skink are medium sized with a length from the snout to the vent of up to 12 cm (4.7 in), although there are a few that grow to larger sizes, such as the Corucia, which can reach 35 cm (13.8″) from snout-to-vent.
The definitive difference between a skink and other lizards is that skinks have cycloid scales.
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