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The Ground Skink (Scincella lateralis) is a small, smooth, golden-brown to blackish-brown long-tailed and small-legged lizard with a dark dorsolateral stripe. The shade of brown varies with geography from reddish or chocolate to light golden brown. In the darkest specimens, the dark stripe almost blends with ground color. The belly is white or yellowish. A transparent disc in the lower eyelid allows the lizard to see when the eye is closed. The length including tail is about 7.5 to 14.5 cm, with a maximum head-body length of less than 6 cm. Young are about 4.5 cm at hatching. (Behler and King 1979; Conant and Collins 1991)


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