Lizards

Common Five-lined Skink (Formerly Five-lined Skink)

Common Five-lined Skink (Formerly Five-lined Skink)

Scientific Name: Plestiodon fasciatus
(Formerly:  Eumeces fasciatus)

Family: Scincidae

Description & Size

  • Smooth scales
  • Short fore and hind limbs
  • Total length:  11.4-21.5 cm (4.5-8.5 inches)
  • 5 white stripes extend down the back
  • Base color: black (juveniles), brown to olive green (adults)
    • Males:  reddish-orange head during breeding season
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Juvenile Five-lined Skink

Habitat

  • Moist woodlands
  • Edges between woodlands and grasslands
  • Under rocks, logs, and leaf litter
  • Occasionally in trees or snags

Diet

  • Terrestrial arthropods
  • Worms

Life History

  • Diurnal
  • Active season:  April – October
  • Breeding season:  Spring
  • Lays eggs
  • 6-15 eggs per female (Cagle, 1940)

Range

Common Five-lined Skink (Formerly Five-lined Skink) Range