The Western Skink (Plestiodon skiltonianus; formerly Eumeces skiltonianus) was designated as Special Concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) in 2002. It was listed as Special Concern in Canada on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) in 2005. The reasons for listing included the species small area of occupancy, apparently small population size, population fluctuations, and habitat loss due to agriculture and urban development. In British Columbia (B.C.), the Western Skink is ranked S3 (special concern, vulnerable to extirpation or extinction) by the Conservation Data Centre (CDC) and is on the provincial Blue list. The B.C. Conservation Framework ranks the Western Skink as Priority 1 under Goal 2 (prevent species and ecosystems from becoming at risk) and Priority 2 under Goal 3 (maintain the diversity of native species and ecosystems).
The management goal is to maintain stable or increasing populations of the Western Skink, throughout the species range in B.C.
The objectives are to:
1. clarify the distribution and abundance of Western Skinks throughout their range in B.C., especially in the Shuswap, Similkameen, and Kettle drainages.
2. identify regionally significant sites for habitat protection and threat mitigation.
3. address key knowledge gaps, including movement patterns, habitat trends, population trends, and habitat suitability, especially related to climate change.
B.C. Western Skink Working Group. 2013. Management Plan for the Western Skink (Plestiodon skiltonianus) in British Columbia. Ministry of Envonment -Province of B.C.. Management Plan (Species at Risk)
Topic: Recovery Planning
Scientific Name: Plestiodon skiltonianus
English Name: Western Skink
Other Identifier: QL737 L32 M36 2013/333.95'79573/C2013-980060-3
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