Five-lined Skink
Plestiodon fasciatus

Size: 5 - 8 inches
Eastern 1/2 of the state.  As a juvenile, the five-lined skink has a black to brown body with five longitudinal stripes and a bright blue tail, earning it the nickname "blue tail skink".  As the lizard matures, the colors tend to fade and become more drab and it will usually lose the blue on the tail altogether.  Like most skinks, the five-lined skink is diurnal, prowling around beneath vegetation for insects during the day.  And like many lizards, skinks exhibit tail autotomy, that is they break their tails off when threatened or disturbed to escape predation, and regenerate new tails.