Skillelinie

 

Eumeces fasciatus

(Five-lined skink)

Eumeces fasciatus adult male Shelby county Alabama
 
The five-lined skink is the smallest of the 3 bluetailed skinks from eastern USA. It is a small and elegant lizard reaching about 20 cm in length. They have 5 broad light stripes on the back that fades with age. Adult males are often uniform brown with a red or orabgered head. Belly light colored. The juveniles are black with white or yellow stripes and striking blue tail. It is difficult to see the difference between those and the 2 other bluetailed lizards, but they have a smaller size fewer supralabials and the midter row of scales under the tail is bigger than the other scales. They are found in the eastern parts of USA from Kansas to Florida and west to eastern Texas. They can be found in many habitats but prefer open wooded areas with some moisture. They are mostly found on the ground between rocks or logs, where they seek their prey and have shelter for predators. They are on of the earlier lizards out from hibernation and will be active to late fall. Copulations takes place shortly after hibernation, and the females makes and protects the nest containing 4-15 eggs.
Eumeces fasciatus adult male Shelby county Alabama