Cryptoblepharus egeriae (Blue-Tailed Shinning Skink)

  • Scientific Name: Cryptoblepharus egeriae
  • Location (U.S.): East Coast in the Southern region (GA,FL)
  • Location (Ossabaw): Underground, bases of trees, & low vegetation
  • Habitat: Tunnels underground.
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Scincidae
  • Ecological Role: Maintain soil to keep vegetation thriving
  • Description: Black body, yellow stripes, & blue tail.
  • How animal gathers food: Digs underground to find prey like small bugs & earthworms.
  • Type of food animal eats: Small bugs & earthworms
  • Predators that prey on animal: Snakes, birds, & rodents.
  • Reproduction: 3-7 eggs; after 1 year of being alive they are able to sexually reproduce.
  • Human's effect on animal: Forest destruction is ruining habitat
  • Animal's effect on humans: Maintain soil to keep vegetation thriving
  • Fun fact: Can detach tail to escape from prey and regenerate; tails keeps moving after detachment