Five Lined Skink
The five-lined skink is Ontario’s only native species of lizard.
Two populations of the five-lined skink occur in its Ontario range: one, the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence population, occurs along the eastern shore of Georgian Bay and the southern portion of the Canadian Shield into eastern Ontario, and the other, the Carolinian population, occurs in several spots in southwestern Ontario.
The common five-lined skink is named for the five yellowish-white stripes that run along the length of its body. Juvenile common five-lined skinks have conspicuous bright blue tails, but this colour fades with age. Adult total length: 12.5 - 21.5 cm.
Male and Female Skinks
Male during mating season
Parental care ends a day or two after hatching when hatchlings leave the nest. Young five-lined skinks, with a potential life span of up to six years, attain sexual maturity and begin reproducing within two to three years of hatching.
The tail of the common five-lined skink can break off during an attack to distract the predator and allow the skink to escape.
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