Southeastern and south-central United States; southern Maryland south through Florida and spanning westward to eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
Inhabits sandy areas, islands, woodlands, scrub, and sometimes empty buildings. Usually hide under logs, rocks, stumps, and general vegetative debris. Females also use these natural covers to lay eggs. Can live in areas without fresh water and any vegetation.
Usually range from 5.5 to 8.5 inches in length. Bodies display five thin lines that run vertically; lines can be either cream, orange, or white in color. Dorsum can be brown or black. During breeding season, sexually mature males exhibit orangish hues on head. Clutches usually range from 3 to 10 eggs.
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