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Common Five-lined Skink
Plestidon fasciatus

Featured Image Credit: “DO – Common Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus)” by vastateparksstaff is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Alternate Names: Blue-tailed Skink
Size: 4.9-8.5 in long
Family: Scincidae
Habitat: On the ground or in trees, also all over my patio. "It prefers moist, partially wooded habitat that provides ample cover or inside walls of buildings, trees as well as sites to bask in the sun."
Identification: "The body is generally gray, brown, or black, in background color with five white or yellowish stripes (two on each side and one down the center of the back). Young have a bright blue tail while adult males often loose their stripes and develop reddish or orange coloration on the head. 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." From srelherp.uga.edu
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