The five-lined skink starts life with an iridescent blue tail and five yellowish or white stripes on its
back. As the lizard matures the blue tail fades to grey and the lines become darker. Especially with
old males, the lines may disappear altogether. This lizard is sometimes seen basking in the sun on
rocks or fallen logs, and can also be found under boards or logs. Skinks are fast moving and
usually difficult to approach. They can grow six to eight inches in length. Like all the lizards found in
the Baltimore-Washington area, they are insectivorous, eating small insects.
A Five-lined Skink hiding in leaves at the side of a trail at Patuxent Wildlife Research
Refuge, North Tract.
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