Sand skink


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(Zool.) any one of several species of Old World lizards belonging to the genus Seps; as, the ocellated sand skink (Seps ocellatus) of Southern Europe.

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The threatened scrub jay--Florida's only endemic bird--finds shelter amid the brambly brush; the threatened sand skink swims through the sand out of sight like a legless lizard; the gopher tortoise digs a burrow that may be used by up to 300 other species; and the extremely rare yellow-blooming Avon Park harebell clusters in the three lone populations left in the world.
At least two federally protected species -- the Florida scrub jay and the sand skink -- have been forced to share the Ocala under an onslaught of as many as 8,000 bombs a year despite the endangered Species Act prohibition against the "take" (i.
The area also has four Arabian oryx, hedgehogs, Arabian foxes, Cape hares, Gordon's wildcats and a variety of gerbils and reptiles, including sand skinks, snakes and geckos for the beady-eyed among you to spot.
On the one hand, some such as sand skinks (Plestiodon reynoldsi), gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus), and flightless pygmy mole crickets (Neotridactylus archboldi), persist in place by exploiting a subterranean life style in the sandy soils (Robbins & Myers 1992; Deyrup 2005).
Mole and sand skinks, scrub lizards, and many fossorial (digging) insects have adapted to life on the shifting sands.