Update: This Skink image is now gracing the Home page of the Minnesota Season website for the Wildlife section. The image can also be found on their Skink page.
One of three species of lizards found in Minnesota, this small reptile measures up to 8 inches in length, including its tail. Its name is derived from the five stripes running lengthwise down the body. Its scales are small, smooth, and shiny with a gray-black background color. Male skinks will get an orange-red coloring around their jaw during the breeding season. Young lizards have a bright blue tail. Juvenile five-lined skinks and juvenile prairie skinks appear very similar, but the prairie skink has more than five stripes. The six-lined racerunner is longer than the other two lizards, has rough scales, and is partially green. -MN DNR