August 15, 2016

My little lizard

We are fortunate to have five lined skinks around our yard.
They have been hiding and this is the first one I have photographed this year.

He was in a little burrow under a piece of wood.

The head and tail are together with a foot near the bottom.

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. Their coloration varies with age. Juveniles and young adult females are glossy black with five cream stripes down the back and a bright blue or blue-grey tail. Males and older females gradually fade to a more uniform bronze, although often the stripes are still visible. Males in breeding condition have a bright orange chin and jaw.

source - Ontario Nature.

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