Five-lined Skink Plestiodon fasciatus (Linnaeus, 1758)Synonyms: Common Five-lined Skink.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Reptilia   >   Order Squamata   >   Family Scincidae   >   Genus Plestiodon   

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Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus) is the most familiar Plestiodon in Maryland, and it is distributed statewide in suitable habitat, but more commonly in the coastal plain. It generally favors relatively humid woodland habitats, especially in rocky areas, or near logs or tree stumps, rotting wood, or sawdust piles. This species is much more terrestrial than its relative, the Broad-headed Skink (Conant & Collins, 1998; Maryland DNR site).

Description:

Although there are several useful marks for distinguishing Five-lined Skink from the larger Broad-headed Skink, the most reliable method involves counting facial scales. Close-up head shots can sometimes be used to ID confidently to species. Five-lined show four labial scales anterior to the subocular scale on the face, and two postlabial scales in front of the ear canal. Broad-headed shows five labials, and no large postlabial scales (Conant & Collins, 1998).

There are 191 records in the project database.

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A Five-lined Skink in Charles Co., Maryland (4/18/2010). Photo by George Jett. (MBP list)

Five-lined Skink showing the labial scales in Talbot Co., Maryland (5/21/2017). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

An adult Five-lined Skink in Howard Co., Maryland (5/25/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

An adult Five-lined Skink in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/12/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Five-lined Skink in Montgomery Co., Maryland (5/12/2015). Photo by David Hilmy. (MBP list)

An immature Five-lined Skink in Wicomico Co., Maryland (9/15/2014). Photo by Mike Burchett. (MBP list)

Five-lined Skinks in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/5/2012). Photo by Barbara Thurlow. (MBP list)

Close-up of the head of a Five-lined Skink found in Talbot Co., Maryland (10/3/2009). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Five-lined Skink in Kent Co., Maryland (4/12/2017). Photo by Nancy Wyman. (MBP list)

An immature Five-lined Skink at Purse State Park, Charles Co., Maryland (8/6/2009). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A Five-lined Skink in Caroline Co., Maryland (6/21/2013). Photo by Mark Johnson. (MBP list)

An immature Five-lined Skink along the C&O Canal in Montgomery Co., Maryland (8/20/2005). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list) ( More of this species)

Five-lined Skink in Talbot Co., Maryland (5/21/2017). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Five-lined Skink in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (8/26/2015). Photo by Bill Keim. (MBP list)

A Five-lined Skink in Frederick Co., Maryland (4/19/2014). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A juvenile Five-lined Skink in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/28/2010). Photo by Robert Aguilar, SERC. (MBP list)

A Five-lined Skink in Talbot Co., Maryland (7/13/2013). Photo by Jared Satchell. (MBP list)

A Five-lined Skink in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (4/29/2017). Photo by Dan Small. (MBP list)


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