The photo gallery below provides information about lizards and skinks found in Illinois. Additionally, the Prairie Research Institute’s Illinois Natural History Survey has the Illinois Species page to help people figure out what species of lizard or skink they have found. If you don’t know what the species is, click on the text to work through the key. If you see a photo that looks like the species you saw, then you can click on the photo to get information about that particular species.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has a podcast about lizards.

Lizards and skinks are sometimes found around homes since they will hunt for insects and other invertebrates in gardens or near buildings. If a lizard or skink enters the building, gently catch it and release it outside. Be careful not to grab it by the tail to avoid injuring it.

If you have questions about reptiles or amphibians in Illinois, you can contact Scott Ballard, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Southern Region Endangered and Threatened Recovery Species Specialist/Herpetologist, at or 618-694-3398.


Check out the IDNR’s Wild About Illinois Lizards! website for more information about lizards.

The Prairie Research Institute’s Illinois Natural History Survey provides species distribution maps and natural history information about the slender glass lizard.

Photo: Missouri Department of Conservation

Photo: Illinois Natural History Survey

Photo: Drew R. Davis

Photo: A.R. Kuhns

Photo: Illinois Natural History Survey

Broad-headed Skink

Plestiodon laticeps

Species distribution map

Juveniles of this species are sometimes mistaken for Common Five-lined Skinks.

Male broad-headed skink
Male Broad-headed skink.

Photo: Todd Pierson

Female broad-headed skink
Female Broad-headed Skink

Photo: Ian Deery