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skink,

a lizardlizard,
a reptile of the order Squamata, which also includes the snake. Lizards form the suborder Sauria, and there are over 3,000 lizard species distributed throughout the world (except for the polar regions), with the greatest number found in warm climates.
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 of the family Scincidae, a large, diverse group found in a range of environments in temperate and tropical regions throughout most of the world. Skinks are generally small or medium-sized, usually under 8 in. (20 cm) in length, with as much as half the body length consisting of the tail, though the largest, the prehensile-tailed, or monkey-tailed, skink, Corucia zebrata, of the Solomon Islands, can reach 30 in. (76 cm) in length. Most of the more than 1,400 species of skink have cylindrical bodies, a head joined to the body without an obvious neck, and proportionally small legs. Some skinks, primarily those that are burrowing, have reduced legs or are legless. Most skinks can shed the tail if attacked by a predator, and the tail often regrows. Although skinks are generally ground dwellers or burrowers, some are tree dwellers or live part of the time in water. They feed mostly on insects and other small invertebrates, but some skinks are omnivorous or herbivorous. Most reproduce by laying eggs in a hidden nest, but many give birth to live young, either having incubated the eggs internally or nourished the developing young through a placenta. Skinks are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Reptilia, order Squamata, family Scincidae.
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skink

[skiŋk]
(vertebrate zoology)
Any of numerous small- to medium-sized lizards comprising the family Scincidae with a cylindrical body; short, sometimes vestigial, legs; cores of bone in the body scales; and pleurodont dentition.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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