Lizards of West Virginia

Family: Phrynosomatidae

Northern Fence-Lizard

Family: Scincidae
Northern Coal Skink  
Common Five-lined Skink
Broad-headed Skink
Little Brown Skink

Family: Teiidae
Eastern Six-lined Racerunner

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Herpetology Terms


Kingdom:  Animalia
   Phylum:  Chordata
      Class:  Reptilia
         Order:  Squamata
            Suborder:  Lacertilia



There are 6 species of lizards in West Virginia in 3 families.  Some of these are very common in the state.  Fence lizards and five-lined skinks can easily be found on dry forested hillsides or around old buildings.  Ground skinks are common in localized areas, though they are difficult to find because of their secretive nature.  Broad-heads and coal skinks are more difficult to find. 

The six-lined racerunner was just recently added to the state list.  Only one population is known in the state and it is likely that the lizard has entered West Virginia via railroad bridges crossing the Potomac River from Maryland

All of the lizards in West Virginia are relatively small in size (between 4 - 12 inches long).  They are all insectivores and active during the daytime, usually during the hottest months of the year. 


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