June 13, 2013

If I don't move you can't see me.

This five-lined skin was sunning on a fallen log as I walked by.
It watched me closely but didn't move until I was about 10 feet away.
Extremely fast, it was gone in the blink of an eye.
It is the only species of lizard found in Ontario.

(Plestiodon fasciatus)
It 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.
Source - ROM
www.rom.on.ca/ontario/risk.php?doc_type=fact&id=152

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