Park Rambles - Indiana County Parks & Trails

Five-Lined Skink

Lizards and Skinks do live in Indiana County, although they are rarely seen. This is the Five-lined Skink; the lizard that is known to occur in Indiana County is the Eastern Fence Lizard.

Skinks forage for food under rocks and in leaf litter, one reason why they are so seldom seen. The one in the photo has lost a portion of its tail. Skinks are known to shed their tails to avoid being caught by a predator. The blue tail end in this juvenile is thought to aid in distracting predators away from their more vulnerable body.