Skink vs Wolf Spider sounds like a comic book title. With more than 1510 different species of skinks known in the world our very own great plains skink can look quite different based on their age. Quick, agile and shy find out what happens when a local wolf spider is encountered.
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Answering the questions:
Are Great Plains Skinks Poisonous?
No, There are no known venomous skinks. If you are worried about bits or stings it isn’t an issue. If you are concerned about your cat or dog attacking the skink there might be some issues. Lizards including skinks have a tail that breaks off when attacked. The tail will continue to wiggle after it has broken off to attract the attention of the attacker.
Eating a small skink shouldn’t do any long term harm to your dog. The liver flukes (small parasites) that some skinks may carry do not harm dogs but may have a negative impact on cats.There is always the possibility that your pet can become ill due to the impact of salmonella poisoning from salmonella bacteria that some skinks carry.
Well you just saw it eat a wolf spider in the video. The Great Plains Skink also eats insects such as grasshoppers, roaches, caterpillars, ants and beetles, as well as other types of spiders, snails, and other lizards.
Are there any benefits to having skinks around?
The Great Plains Skink can be very beneficial especially close to the house or in the garden. They can significantly reduce the damaging insect population. Most skinks are active during the day and prefer to stay on or burrow in the ground.