Friday, September 09, 2005

Friday Herp Blogging: Skinks

Back in April when I posted my pictures of the Eastern Fence Lizards, I promised to have some pictures of some Skinks. Well here they are (click the pic to enlarge). Skinks are members of the family Scincidae. These are Five Lined Skinks, Eumeces fasciatus. Like all skinks these have smooth shiny scales. Another obvious feature is the dark body with 5 tan-to-white stripes running the lenght of the body. The body of adults may become lighter, making the stripes less obvious. All hatchlings and some adults have brilliant blue tails. In these pictures, you can see that the one on the top left has recently lost its tail, which will grow back. The other lizard may have already lost its tail and regrown another, as you can see from the sharp change in the tail pattern and coloration.

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