August 19, 2014

I am not a snake!

Take a closer look. I have legs.


I am a five lined skink, and I am Ontario's only lizard.

Plestiodon fasciatus

The five-lined skink is a smooth, slender lizard that can grow to 21 centimetres in length, but most individuals are much smaller.
If a predator catches a skink by the tail, it will break off and begin to thrash about. The moving tail distracts the predator while the lizard escapes.

source - Ontario Nature.

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