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Like skinks in general, Broad-heads tend to sun themselves on logs, downed timber and dilapidated buildings. They are the most arboreal (tree climbing) of lizards and may even sleep in trees at times. They eat insects and spiders and in turn get eaten by snakes, hawks, skunks, larger lizards and even armadillo.
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Why the orange head? In breeding season, the males develop their bright orange color, presumably as a way of attracting females. They fight other males aggressively for the attention of the largest females which tend to lay the most eggs. Like all other species except a biped, it is all about creating the most progeny.
A series of pictures are at herpsofarkansas.com.