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Big five-lined skink

5-lined skink

Not an easy photo to take!

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Big, fat five-liner

A big, fat five-lined skink!

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The five-lined skink is by far the most common lizard in West Virginia. It’s quite cold tolerant, and I believe it is the only lizard native to New England.

I used to catch these skinks when I was a kid. Unlike the hellhogs, they always bit me, but they are so small they can’t do any damage.

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My dad sent me this photo of a five-lined skink hatchling.

It is only two inches long.

Five-lined skinks (Eumeces fasciatus) are very cold tolerant lizard– and very common in my part of the world. They are found as far north as Minnesota and are also found in the Champlain Valley of New York and Vermont. It is the only lizard native to New England.

The females lay eggs in my mother’s flowerbed, and the little ones hatch out about this time every year.

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coal skink

Let me clarify some things here: the species isn’t new to science. But it is new to my native habitat.

It’s a northern coal skink. They normally are found in the higher elevations of West Virginia, but this one has found a nice home on a high ridgetop forest in the middle of the Allegheny Plateau.

I first thought it was the more common five-lined skink, but it was the wrong color and lacked the blue tail that is the trademark of that species.

So now we have three species of lizard on the farm, along with five species of snake, two species of turtle, seven species of salamander, and five species of frog.

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