Five-lined Skinks reside in much of the eastern United States, including the eastern
Piedmont, sandhills, and coastal plain of North Carolina. The females
and young are black with yellow stripes and bright blue tails, while
older males are brown with red heads. Usually found under the bark of
dead trees, these lizards have the amazing ability to shed their tails
when caught by predators. The squirming tail diverts the predator’s
attention while the skink makes a quick getaway.
The Five-Lined Skink - basic but informative species account with photos and distribution map.
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