Ground skinks are small, slender lizards with long tails, short legs that range in color from golden brown to almost black. Most often they are coppery brown with a darker stripe running along each side of the body. The belly is white or yellowish.
Unlike many other lizards in South Florida, ground skinks virtually never climb and rather than running on their short legs, ground skinks wriggle through leaf litter or loose soil, often disappearing in a flash as soon as they are discovered.
Ground skinks prey on tiny insects, spiders, and other invertebrates. Female ground skinks lay clutches of several eggs in moist soil or rotten logs during the summer. It is suspected that ground skinks may lay several clutches per season.