Skink stump

There is a tree stump located along “Cedar Trail” at Huntley Meadows Park that I have dubbed “Skink stump” because it seems to be a hotspot where skinks like to hang out.

The following gallery features photos of a lizard spotted at “Skink stump” during a photowalk on 25 April 2012. This individual is either a Broad-headed Skink (Plestiodon laticeps) or an adult male Common Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus). None of the photos show a clear view of a field marker used to differentiate the two species.

The next gallery shows a Common Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus) spotted at “Skink stump” during a photowalk on 24 May 2012. This individual is a juvenile as indicated by its dark brown color and bright blue tail.

The last photo shows another juvenile Common Five-lined Skink spotted at “Skink stump” during a photowalk on 04 September 2013. The tail of this skink is extraordinarily blue!

04 September 2013

04 September 2013

Editor’s Note: This is Part 3 in a five-part series of posts featuring two types of lizards commonly seen at Huntley Meadows Park: Broad-headed Skinks; and Common Five-lined Skinks. Next post: “Broad-headed Skink.”

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.


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2 Responses to “Skink stump”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    I especially like the blue tails of the juveniles and both the color and the length of the tail on the final skink are amazing. The pose you captured in the penultimate shot is particularly wonderful as it peers over the edge of the stump.

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