Hi everyone! On a recent photo walk near my home in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas, I came across this juvenile Five-lined Skink on a log. It was easy to spot with its bright blue tail, and as soon as I took the photo, it scurried into a crack in the log and disappeared from view.

Juvenile Five lined Skink On Log
Juvenile Five lined Skink On Log

Back on August 13th of this year, I posted another photo of a juvenile Five-lined Skink that I took on my deck. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check it out here: Juvenile Five-lined Skink

So, how did I get this photo of the skink on the log? Well, I have a pile of old logs that I like to check for Prairie Lizards when I go on photo walks. Most of the time, I’ll spot a few Prairie Lizards on these logs, but this time, I found this little Skink. I knew it wouldn’t stay in the open for long, so I quickly snapped the shot.

I was standing and shooting down at the skink, but I would have preferred to get a lower angle. I tried to move to get a better shot, but as soon as I did, the skink disappeared into a crack in the log.

For the photo, I was hand-holding my Fujifilm X-T3 Camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro.

Hope you enjoy the photo!

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Aperture f5.6
  • ISO 1600
  • Shutter speed 1/1000 of a second
  • Focal Length 400 mm