The western skink (Plestiodon skiltonianus) is blue listed (at risk) in British Columbia. The tail is the most striking feature of this lizard: it is a bright cobalt blue in young skinks and 1.5 to 2.0 times the body length. The tail remains blue but fades with age.
The range extends from south-central British Columbia to north-western Baja California, from the Pacific coast to western Montana, Idaho, eastern Utah, and north-central Arizona.
Inhabits open warm habitats in the southwest Kootenay region
Inhabits dry open upland forests and grasslands. Western skinks need abundant plant cover, as well as rocks, logs, stumps, and bark for foraging and cover, sunny openings for basking, and south- facing slopes and rocks for nesting and hibernacula.
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Threats to Species
The main threat is from loss of habitat via urban and agricultural development, forest ingrowth due to fire suppression, and possibly from recreational development.
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