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Five-lined Skink

Plestiodon fasciatus


For my 2500th spotting, I choose the Five-lined Skink, the only species of lizard native to Ontario. Juveniles have a bright blue tail, which fades to dull brown as they mature. Adults sun themselves with their front legs raised up with just their belly touching the wood, as seen in the second photo.


temperate forest


I had been searching for the Five-lined Skink for years. I finally found them during my second visit to Point Pelee National Park. There were actually at least half a dozen of them all over the boardwalk and walls of an old farmhouse in the park.

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29 Comments (1–25)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 7 years ago

Thanks Kate. For sure, I've always thought they looked just like an African species.

KateBraun 7 years ago

Congratulations on the 2500! At first glance, this skink is very similar to the rainbow skinks we get here in southern Africa - interesting how there are the similarities and differences in species in completely different parts of the world.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 years ago

Thanks a lot Daniel.

DanielRowson 8 years ago

I love this series - always a pleasure to see your spottings, Dan!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 years ago

Thanks suz and sintija.

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 8 years ago

cute! :) and wonderful colours! :)
Great spotting!

suzmonk 8 years ago

2,500 ... nice!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 years ago

Thank you Rieko. Your welcome. It's pleasure sharing my spottings with the community.

RiekoS 8 years ago

Congratulations on 2500 spottings! I truly enjoy looking at your wonderful pictures. Thank you so much for sharing and educating us!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 years ago

Thanks Viv, Lisa, Kel and Christy.

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Great spotting and congrats Dan!

Sckel 8 years ago

I hate lizards, they eat my insects. But this is very beautiful, is an endorsement.

LisaPowers 8 years ago

What a pretty little one! Nicely done Dan!

VivBraznell 8 years ago

What a great spotting and all the more worthy for you having been searching for so long!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 years ago

Thanks Carol, Tom, Ashley, Jopy, Braulio, Karen, Luis, Maria and akshaya. Ashley, I've never seen them do that either.

akshaya 8 years ago


Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

So beautiful! Great shot! They are difficult to photograph I am sure.

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Congratulations - nice series

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Congrats Dan! Beautiful series!

KarenL 8 years ago

Congratulations Dan! Beautiful photo!

Congrats on your 2500, Dan!
Such great series!

Tom15 8 years ago

Nice choice for #2,500 Dan! Congrats.

AshleyT 8 years ago

Congrats on the lifer :) And I love the second picture, I've never seen them do that!

Jopy 8 years ago

Congrats! great photo, love its tail :)

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago


Dan Doucette
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Dan Doucette

Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Sep 17, 2013
Submitted on Nov 17, 2013

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