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Five-lined skinks are small lizards that reach up to 8.5 inches in length. Their primary characteristic is five yellow or cream-colored stripes that run the length of their bodies from snout to tail. Juveniles have bright blue tails that usually fade to gray in adult males, although adult females have a greater chance of retaining color in the tale.
Five-lined skinks prefer to make their habitat in moist wooded areas with plenty of places to hide as well as plenty of areas to bask in the sun. They can be found commonly in wood piles, stumps or logs, rocky areas and sometimes even abandoned buildings. In the winter, they take cover in crevices, under vegetation, inside building foundations or in rotting wood, where they remain inactive and wait out the cold.
They are super fast and very skittish around humans.