Reporting a Skink Sighting

Is it important?

Why should you bother reporting seeing a skink? Because so little is known about skinks in Manitoba. We have a rough idea of where skinks occur in the Assiniboine Delta - Carberry Sandhills region, but the number of confirmed sites where skinks can be found is actually quite small. The more information we have about where they occur, the better we will be able to protect them and their habitat.

We would especially like to hear from people outside the Carberry Sandhills region if they encounter a skink. The tiny site where skinks are known to occur in the Lauder Sandhills illustrates the importance of reporting skinks. Surely where there is one small population there must be others? In the Biogeography section Map 4 shows areas of sandy soils in southern Manitoba. Wherever good quality native prairie occurs in areas of sandy soils there is a chance skinks might be found. Have a look around, who knows what you might find!

Let us know!

If you've seen a skink (see Are you sure?) then we're anxious to hear from you! You can phone in a sighting to:

Dr. Pamela Rutherford, Brandon University. . . (204) 727-9607

Brandon District Office, MB Conservation . . . . (204) 726-6441

Dr. James Duncan, MB Conservation . . . . . . . (204) 945-7465

Or you can enter your sighting directly at the Manitoba Herps Atlas (MHA). Instead of re-inventing the wheel and having a separate system for skink records we're piggy-backing on this other NatureNorth project. Skinks are one of Manitoba's 24 species of herps after all. Follow the links below to MHA or to the Data Entry page. There is lots of information on Manitoba's other herps and how to use our data entry form. The information we need to receive is listed in the instructions.

The Manitoba Herps Atlas | MHA Data Entry

Multiple Reports

Should I report multiple sightings from one area? Yes! If you encounter skinks more than once in a given area, or if you're seeing them on a regular basis, please let us know. Over time this sort of information can pile up and provide an index to the status of the local skink population.

Share Information and Network with Others

The MHA is developing some networking tools and forums to help skink enthusiasts share information and network with like-minded folks. Check the MHA site regularly and get involved with helping herps of all kinds.


What happens to any information you send in? Please, read this: SOS privacy and landowner rights statement.

Thanks for helping! Every record counts.

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