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Bright blue tail, dark brown body, golden head, all with cream colored stripes. Have seen one of these lose their tail and scamper off with no problem. tail continues to wiggle for a few minutes after being detached.


In and around my home , both near to and on the deck and side of house as well as in the wooded area behind, particularly where we have piled fire wood.


would love to know exact species and common name

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Five-lined Skink
Eumeces fasciatus Eumeces fasciatus

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1 Comment

CarlaBrownBrooks 7 years ago

I have always called this a blue-tailed skink for obvious reasons and I have been trying to more accurately identify these skinks. I see them all around my house throughout the summer I live in the south-western part of West Virginia, USA and the search I've done online shows me a Blue-tailed skink in Australia, and since NeilDazel commented that this was a Five-lined skink I looked for that as well. maybe "Blue-tailed skink" is just a "nickname for this little guy but I would really like to know officially what he is since we share the same habitat. Anyone have any answers? Closest to West Virginia that got in my search was Northern Virginia. Could be the same species. It is so common here in my area it seems there would be more info. Must be looking at the wrong search engine.

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Huntington, West Virginia, USA

Spotted on Jul 28, 2012
Submitted on Jul 28, 2012

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