Plestiodon fasciatus — Common Five-lined Skink
Some other names for this species:
Many a log in the woodsy part of this state park featured a basking five-lined skink or two. The second one pictured here has lost its tail recently, but lived to bask another day.
Snake Road has a lot of snakes, but apparently not so many lizards. This was the only lizard I saw in about four hours of herp hunting.
These three skinks, all found within about forty-five minutes in a fairly small area, illustrate the variability of the "five lines" on this common species. All three were adults of about the same size. Note the big tick just above the arm on the middle photo.
You might think he's blushing, but he thinks he is one heck of an attractive male skink.
The first lizard I saw at Congaree Swamp National Park was a skink basking on the steps in front of the visitor center. This was the last lizard I saw there, surreptitiously occupying the fence in back of the visitor center. Come to think of it, those were the only two lizards I saw in the park that day.
This skink was doing its best gecko impression by clinging to a quite smooth vertical wall. Skinks rarely pose this nicely without assistance.
In four days I saw 377 snakes and one count-em one lizard. And I didn't even bother to get a good photo of it.
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