COSEWIC Assessment - Prairie Skink

Assessment Summary - May 2004

Common name
Prairie skink

Scientific name
Eumeces septentrionalis

Status
Endangered

Reason for designation
This lizard is confined to a small region (less than 1700 km2) in Manitoba. It requires sandy soils and mixed grass prairie. Prairie habitat is being fragmented and lost to cultivation, Aspen succession and invasion by exotic leafy spurge. The Manitoba population is isolated from the rest of the species in the USA by over 100 km.

Occurrence
Manitoba

Status history
Designated Special Concern in April 1989. Status re-examined and designated as Endangered in May 2004. Last assessment based on an update status report.