Common throughout most of the eastern half of the United States, and southeastern Ontario, Canada.
Found in moist, partially wooded areas with lots of debris for taking cover on the ground. They can also be found hiding in the walls of buildings, or in rocky habitats.
Growing to a total length of 5-8.5 inches, this skink is more colorful and patterned when it's young. They start out dark brown with 5 distinct light lines running the length of their body, merging at the end of their bright blue tail. With age, they transform into a uniform brown and the lines often fade, but they develop an orange-red throat and face.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians