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Skink or Five-lined skink

Plestiodon sp


3 +/- inches long with blue tail.


Home's bricks and sidewalk


Suspect this is a either the Common Five-Lined Skink or the slightly larger Southeastern Five-Lined Skink. Adults of both species are twice the length of this one. ...Virginia Herpetology's website says: "All lizards native to Virginia in the genus Plestiodon have bright blue tails as juveniles/subadults. Virginia is home to 9 native lizard species and two introduced species, the Mediterranean Gecko and the Italian Wall Lizard."

2 Species ID Suggestions

Common Five-lined Skink
Plestiodon fasciatus Common Five-lined Skink
Southeastern Five-lined Skink
Plestiodon inexpectatus Southeastern Five-lined Skink

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1 Comment

ForestDragon 4 years ago

Since you are not sure which species this is (you have to look under their "skirts" and look at the scales on the underside of the tail), you can label this as a Skink or Five-lined Skink for the common name and Plestiodon sp. for the scientific name

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Chesapeake City, Virginia, USA

Spotted on Aug 19, 2017
Submitted on Aug 19, 2017

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