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Five-lined Skink

Plestiodon fasciatus (formerly Eumeces fasciatus)


Juvenile spotted in Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. Adults range from 5 - 8.5 in (12.5 - 21.5 cm). Young have a bright blue tail while adult males often loose their stripes and develop reddish or orange coloration on the head.


Five-lined skinks may be found in almost any habitat, but are most common in wooded areas with an abundance of fallen trees and stumps to hide in. Five-lined skinks prefer moister habitats that the similar southeastern five-lined skink, and are particularly common in bottomland forests and along wooded river margins.


This species is very similar in appearance to the southeastern five-lined skink and broadhead skink and is usually only identifiable by close examination of the scales: five-lined skinks have an enlarged row of scales under the tail and four labial (along the upper lip between the nose and eye) scales.

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marylou.wildlife 12 years ago

Thank you AnjaliAnantharam!

AnjaliAnantharam 12 years ago

Love the blue !..and a beautiful photograph Marylou...

marylou.wildlife 12 years ago

Thank you all! They are especially bright and striking when they are young :)

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 12 years ago

Beautiful spotting!

JeanC.Fisher 12 years ago

What a pretty one he ("she"?? LOL!) is! Very striking!

KatieAshton-Mckenzie 12 years ago

Lovely colours....

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Alabama, USA

Spotted on Aug 3, 2011
Submitted on Aug 12, 2011

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