Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus)
Native to Fairfax County
Many visitors see these lizards basking in the sun around the Visitor Center and are startled by their quick retreat. Juvenile five-lined skinks have a bright blue tail, which serves to distract predators. If attacked, the skink's tail can break off. It continues to wriggle for some time to distract the predator. The skink can then hide under objects or in leaf litter to escape.
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