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Ontario is home to one species of lizard, the Five-Lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus). Two populations exist within the province. The Great Lakes/St. Lawrence population, which is listed as Special Concern. This means it is likely to become threatened or endangered because of a combination of biological characteristics and identified threats. The second is the Carolinian population, which is listed as Endangered (meaning it is facing imminent extirpation or extinction).

Skinks in Ontario are threatened by habitat destruction, the removal of rocks, wood, and other forms of natural debris from their habitat, and being killed on roads (when they are hit by cars).

To learn what you can do to help skinks click here.

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