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Five lined skink | by ricmcarthur
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Five lined skink

This young skink was working its way along the edge of the sidewalk. It would borrow under the leaf litter looking for something to eat and occasionally it would come out onto the sidewalk.


Info source Royal Ontario Museum.


The Common Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus) is a small, smooth-bodied lizard, with black or grey colouring and five white or yellow stripes along the back. The colour pattern diminishes with age as the stripes darken, and the contrast is less apparent in adults. Juveniles have bright blue tails, but this also diminishes with age. In adults, the tail is grey. Adult males can be distinguished from females by their broader heads and bright orange jaws and chin. Adults can reach a length of 20 centimetres. Skinks are very active predators, and they dart quickly from place to place looking for insects, worms or other invertebrates.


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Taken on July 26, 2012