One of the five-lined skinks (Eumeces sp.)

Common throughout most of NC, Five-lined Skinks and Southeastern Five-lined Skinks are difficult to distinguish unless you have them in-hand, therefore I'm just assuming this is a Five-lined based on habitat & region.
Orange Co., NC
25 April 2004
same individual

Orange Co., NC
2 June 2006

Along with Broad-headed and Southeastern Five-lined Skinks, Five-lined Skink juveniles have blue tails. Distinguishing the 3 species is difficult in the field without having the animal in hand and examining characters like the underside of the tail.

Orange Co., NC
2 June 2006

Orange Co., NC
27 May 2005

As they age, the stripes fade and the blue tail turns gray-brown.

Orange Co., NC
27 May 2005

Males, especially, develop a lot of orange around the head.


Five-lined Skink (Eumeces sp.) five-lined skink (Eumeces sp.)
Pettigrew State Park, Washington Co., NC
30 June 2006


Five-lined Skink (Eumeces sp.) Durham Co., NC
3 Sep 2007
Five-lined Skink (Eumeces sp.) Durham Co., NC
3 Sep 2007

Five-lined Skink (Eumeces sp.) Durham Co., NC
29 Mar 2009

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