Blue-tailed Skink

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Blue-tailed Skink

The blue-tailed skink is a smooth and slender species of lizards that can grow up to a maximum length of about 20 cm. They have a brown-black coloring with yellow stripes vertically across their body spanning from their snout all the way till the end of the tail.

The tails are bright blue in color. The coloration on these lizards undergoes changes as they mature into adults. In case of females, the contrast of the body color decreases, and the tail turns from bright blue to grayish blue. In the case of males, the vertical stripes fade away leaving a brownish body and tail color. During mating, the males develop an orange-red color on the head and neck region.


It’s going to go on a bright blue tail and is relatively small with black stripes of yellow stripes. Blue-tailed skeck is the most common lizard found in the United States. Also known as a five-level skink because there are five cream colored lines on the top and sides of the body, this little person increases to a maximum length of about 8.5 inches, including a 5-inch tail.

Young skins have a bright blue tail, which removes the attention of the hunter from its body and when a young lizard is attacked it breaks. Blue-tailed skins are alive with live personalities and if you know how to meet the right environment and care.

Size: These skinks are approximately 4 to 8 cm (1.6 to 3.1 in) in length.

Weight: Average weight of the skinks is about 10-18 ounces.

Feet: Their feet are fairly long and are almost rectangular in shape with five claws in each foot adapted to grip branches properly.

Head: The shape of their head is very much like the snake that seems to be holding a Jacobson’s organ for the purpose of sending the air while foraging.

Tongue: The tongue is divided like serpents and flicks around in order to ‘taste’ the air of the surroundings.


Five-lined skinks may be found on the ground or in trees, but are generally less arboreal (tree dwelling) than broadhead skinks. Although sometimes seen in the open, these lizards are most often found beneath logs or under tree bark. When pursued, five-lined skinks generally run for the nearest tree or log and can be quite difficult to capture. Like many other lizards, five-lined skinks will break off their tails when restrained, distracting the predator and allowing the lizard to escape.


A blue-tailed skiki is a daily lizard that will be most active between 10 AM and 2 PM. Next to the Range of this time, it is rarely polluted or bouncing. These skinks are mainly on bricks walls and stones, sides, boundaries and fences, on the trunks of fallen tree, ornamental in the primary rainforest, decorative trees, shrubs and coconut halms.

The reptiles dig the pit and build their own tunnels. To ensure that they always have access to a hole for shelter and protection. These skink are good climbers, and are often found in low vegetation areas on the ground, on open rocks, in the tree umbrella, low on the tree trunk, and offered as a flame.


  • Like people often mistake, these skinks are not closely related to the Plestiodon skinks of North America, the juveniles of which are known for their blue tails.
  • A regenerated tail of these skinks are often the color as the body (and not blue), and is also slightly shorter than the original tail.
  • The specific name of the blue-tailed skink ‘egeriae’ is in honor of ‘HMS Egeria’, a mid-19th century ship of the British Royal Navy.
  • As of November 2014, the number of individuals in the captive breeding populations of these skinks was over 160.

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