Species group: Skinks
Other common names: American Five-lined Skink; Blue-tailed Skink; Red-headed Skink
Scientific name: Eumeces fasciatus
The Five-lined Skink is a handsome, medium sized lizard which is native to the eastern United States and Canada. They are found in deciduous and southeastern evergreen forests, and prefer moist habitats. They feed on a variety of insects and spiders.
Note that keeping wild-caught skinks is illegal in some states and provinces.
Appearance / health:
The Five-lined Skink can reach 8.5 inches (215 mm) in total length, and is distinguished by five white-cream stripes on a dark brown to gray body. Juvenile Five-lined Skinks have a bright blue tail.
blue tail, little skinks, curious creature, pretty lizard
palmetto bugs, fast reptile species
From Kacie Bingham Sep 30 2017 2:54AM
Good Observing Pets
Five-lined Skinks are small and quick! Definitely not for small children since they are so flighty. They can be very cool to have because of the vivid blue on their tails! They can live their whole life in a 10 gallon tank. At the reptile rescue I volunteer at, we use aspen as bedding with a UV light on top during the day and a heating mat at night. Lots of hides should be provided as these skinks are fairly reclusive.
They can eat mealworms, waxworms, and crickets but the ones I work with seem to enjoy crickets the best. Never underestimate how quick these guys can move, be extremely careful not to let them get out because they will be gone in a second! Handling is not recommended for this reason. They are seldom seen but may come out to bask in the light. Great time for picture taking! They can be a fun pet to own but the main con is not being able to handle them or see them very often..
From fayleigh Aug 29 2015 9:10PM