Five-Lined Skink

This weekend was a farm work weekend.  Another friend and I work together on both farms one weekend a month.  On Saturday, we were working on her garden area and when she moved a pedestal from a birdbath….

…this is what we found!  It’s a Five-lined Skink.

Five-lined skinks are common in most areas of Georgia and South Carolina, but are most abundant in the Piedmont.

The ground was cold and he was still in the shade so he wasn’t moving very fast – he’s cold bloodied and his speed increases with the warmth of his body.

Five-lined skinks prey on a wide variety of insects, spiders, and other invertebrates.  See that little snail shell next to his head?  I’m thinking maybe that was a meal at one point 🙂

I had no idea those back feet had toes that long!  Five-lined Skink can also hang out in trees so I’m guessing toes like that would be useful for going up!

The blue on the tail is so beautiful…

The color tells us that he is under a year old.  And yes, if the tail breaks off, they will grow another only it’s not as nice as the original.

That hole on the side of his head is his ear!

Female five-lined skinks lay clutches of several eggs in moist soil or rotten logs during the summer and attend the eggs until they hatch about 60 days later.

When the Skink hatches, it’s about 2″ long and independent.

Hard to believe that lizard came out of this egg at some point- the shell is about the size of a Jellybelly  jellybean.

I moved my camera and and the sun began to warm him up.  Five-lined skinks are most active in the day.

Soon he was scurrying to find some place to hide.  If you look carefully, you really can count all 5 lines.  (the 5th line can only be seen by his head.)

As Spring starts heading our way – I’m sure we’ll begin to see more of these fascinating creatures.

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