Lizards of Virginia

Virginia Lizard Identification Guide

Scientific Name (Common Name)
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Aspidoscelis sexlineata sexlineata
(Eastern Six-lined Racerunner)

Hemidactylus turcicus
(Mediterranean Gecko)

Introduced species

Ophisaurus attenuatus longicaudus
(Eastern Slender Glass Lizard)

Virginia Wildlife Action Plan Rating: Tier IV

Ophisaurus ventralis
(Eastern Glass Lizard)

* State threatened *
Virginia Wildlife Action Plan Rating: Tier II

Plestiodon anthracinus anthracinus
(Northern Coal Skink)

* All lizards native to Virginia in the genus Plestiodon have bright blue tails as juveniles/subadults.

Plestiodon fasciatus
(Common Five-lined Skink)

* All lizards native to Virginia in the genus Plestiodon have bright blue tails as juveniles/subadults.

Plestiodon inexpectatus
(Southeastern Five-lined Skink)

* All lizards native to Virginia in the genus Plestiodon have bright blue tails as juveniles/subadults.

Plestiodon laticeps
(Broad-headed Skink)

* All lizards native to Virginia in the genus Plestiodon have bright blue tails as juveniles/subadults.

Sceloporus undulatus
(Eastern Fence Lizard)

Scincella lateralis
(Little Brown Skink)

The Virginia Herpetological Society follows the naming conventions set forth by the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, The Herpetologists’ League, and the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. For the most current list click here.

Virginia Wildlife Action Plan Rating Tier IV - Moderate Conservation Need - The species may be rare in parts of its range, particularly on the periphery. Populations of these species have demonstrated a significant declining trend or one is suspected which, if continued, is likely to qualify this species for a higher tier in the foreseeable future. Long-term planning is necessary to stabilize or increase populations.

Virginia Wildlife Action Plan Rating Tier III - High Conservation Need - Extinction or extirpation is possible. Populations of these species are in decline or have declined to low levels or are in a restricted range. Management action is needed to stabilize or increase populations.

Virginia Wildlife Action Plan Rating Tier II - Very High Conservation Need - Has a high risk of extinction or extirpation. Populations of these species are at very low levels, facing real threat(s), or occur within a very limited distribution. Immediate management is needed for stabilization and recovery.

Virginia Wildlife Action Plan Rating Tier I - Critical Conservation Need - Faces an extremely high risk of extinction or extirpation. Populations of these species are at critically low levels, facing immediate threat(s), or occur within an extremely limited range. Intense and immediate management action is needed.

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