Juvenile Five-lined Skink

By | August 13, 2019

This juvenile Five-lined Skink is hanging around my cabin near the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. These Skinks are common here in my area. I have tried to photograph this juvenile for several weeks. They are not like the Prairie Lizards or Green Anloes that I also have in the area. I can get close to these Lizards but not the Skinks.

The bright blue tail makes it easy to spot one but as soon as it sees you it will run under something to hide.

Juvenile Five-lined Skink
Juvenile Five-lined Skink

This being a Five-lined Skink is really just a guess. The Herps of Arkansas website states:

This species looks very similar–if not identical–to other skink species found in Arkansas and examination of scales may be required to confirm identification. The Five-lined Skink has 2 postmental scales, 2 postlabial scales, and 7 upper labial scales (of which the 5th from the snout is in contact with the eye orbit). A postnasal scale is present.

As young, this species may be called a Blue-tailed Skink (a term shared amongst several skink species). It is also known as a Red-headed Skink.

How I Got The Shot – Juvenile Five-lined Skink

I was sitting on a small stool photographing a baby Prairie Lizard when this Skink appeared. I was able to get a few photos before it disappeared. I was hand holding a 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.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button Focus
  • Auto White Balance
  • Multi Metering
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Aperture f8
  • ISO 1600
  • Shutter speed 1/850 of a second
  • .03 exposure value
  • Focal Length 400 mm

Here are three Prairie Lizards I photographed this year:

  1. Prairie Lizard Peeking From Behind Board
  2. Prairie Lizard From Above
  3. Prairie Lizard And Spider

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based Wildlife Photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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