Fun Fact July 9, 2021.

They are not fuzzy but they are colorful.  Southeastern five-lined skinks are moderately large lizards with short legs and a streamlined body. The body is generally gray, brown, or black, in background color with five white or yellowish stripes, two on each side and one down the center of the back. The young skinks have a bright blue tail while adult males’ stripes may fade and a reddish or orange coloration may develop on the head.  They are found in an around fallen trees and that is typically where they run to hide, either under a log or under the bark of a fallen tree.  If caught, the can break off their tails.  Don’t worry, it will eventually grow back.  They eat a variety of insects, spiders and smaller invertebrates.  The female lays a clutch of several eggs, usually in a rotting log, in the summer and tend to them until they hatch.  Despite what you may have heard, the Southeastern five-lined skink is not venomous.