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Common Five Lined Skink

Plestiodon fasciatus


The long body part a skink looks more like a snake than a Lizard. They have very small legs though and that is the main difference as snakes don’t have legs. They also have a head that is slightly off the ground and pointed upwards where a snake has one that just lies on the ground.


The Skink tends to spend a great deal of time in the trees. In fact, they will live their entire lives there if possible. They may go to the ground though if they are struggling to find shelter or food. However, there are also sub species that burrow for protection rather than spending their time in the trees.


A Skink mainly feeds on various types of insects. This may include beetles, crickets, caterpillar, and crickets. Sometimes they will feed on small rodents and even other species of smaller Lizards. It depends on their habitat and what other foods are available.

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Cashiers, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jul 20, 2011
Submitted on Jan 21, 2013

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