Five-lined Skink
(Eumeces fasciatus)

Five-lined Skink
Photo by permission of Paul Hart

Seasons in Walnut Creek: Year-round resident

There are three species of blue tailed skinks in this area and it can be difficult to distinguish between them in the field. Adults have a brown tail but juveniles have bright blue tails. This species has five stripes when the two other species in our area actually have seven stripes. The Five-lined Skink is commonly found across North Carolina, and prefers slightly wetter sites than the other species.

Key Field Marks:

Key Behaviors:

Habit and Range:

Walnut Creek Sighting: Sighted on State Street boardwalk on a sunny day in mid September.

Five-lined Skink
Photo by permission of Betty Anderson
Five-lined Skink
Photo by permission of Jane Wyche


This page prepared by 8th grader Jeremy B.
Exploris Middle School - Fall 2008