The Five-lined Skink ranges in size from 5-8.5 inches as adults.
Adult coloration is black with five white to yellow stripes, turning
pale as the skink ages. Juveniles are similar in coloration to the
adult, except the stripes are usually brighter and the tail is a vivid
blue. Identification among the Five-lined Skink, the Southeastern
Five-lined Skink and the Broadhead Skink can be difficult. Consult
a field guide for more specific characteristics.
Habitat: Found in dry or
moist areas among rock piles, wood piles, stumps and stone foundations
of buildings and fences.
Behavior: This skink is
usually ground-based, but can climb trees in search of insects.