I’m seeing more and more Skinks out on logs sunning themselves now at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

On the far west side of the refuge, there is a perfect spot for observing these elusive creatures. Several large logs sit next to the auto tour road, providing an ideal basking location for the Skinks. I always keep a close eye on this area, hoping to catch a glimpse of these fascinating creatures.

Last week, my patience paid off as I spotted what I believe to be a juvenile Five-lined Skink while driving past the location. This was a thrilling sight, and I quickly grabbed my camera to capture the moment.

Sunning Juvenile Five-lined Skink

Sunning Juvenile Five-lined Skink at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

The juvenile Five-lined Skink is a unique species, known for its distinctive coloration and behavior. Unlike adults, juveniles have a bright blue tail that serves as a defense mechanism against predators. If threatened, the Skink will detach its tail, distracting the predator while it makes a quick escape.

Despite their small size, Five-lined Skinks are an important part of the ecosystem, serving as both predator and prey. They feed on insects and other small invertebrates, while also serving as food for larger animals like snakes and birds.

As a photographer, I always aim to capture the essence of the animals I observe. With the juvenile Five-lined Skink, I was fortunate enough to get a close-up shot from the comfort of my pickup truck. It was a remarkable experience to witness this tiny creature in its natural habitat, and I can’t wait to see what other amazing creatures I will encounter on my next trip to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: April 23, 2023 (08:30 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f8
  • Shutter speed: 1/800
  • ISO: 320 (Auto)
  • Focal Length: 500 mm

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