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