This species was not assessed for vulnerability
This small brown and orange skink has the smallest distribution of any Florida lizard. The Cedar Key mole skink is a subspecies endemic to only seven tiny islands in the Gulf of Mexico near Cedar Key. The skink is thought to have caught a ride to the islands on drifting vegetation or to be the remnants of an ancient population that became isolated once the islands disconnected from the mainland as water levels rose. The Cedar Key mole skink relies on a diet of small insects and arthropods on the islands it inhabits.
The Cedar Key mole skink inhabits the shoreline on the islands it has colonized, preferring to seek shelter under sand and tidal debris.
As an island endemic subspecies, the Cedar Key mole skink is highly vulnerable to sea level rise. The lizard’s small population and very narrow distribution will make it a challenge for the Cedar Key mole skink to adapt to increasingly harsh island conditions. Sea level rise, coastal erosion and increasingly strong or frequent storm events are likely to be a concern. Like many island subspecies in Florida, assisted relocation to the mainland is not an option if the goal is to preserve the genetic integrity of the Cedar Key subspecies of mole skink.
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