While other skinks have blue tails, the term "blue-tailed skink" usually refers to a juvenile form of the five-lined skink, which is an insectivore and eats spiders, roaches, crickets, grasshoppers, beetle larvae, caterpillars, earthworms, snails, slugs, millipedes, crickets, termites, flies, ants and beetles. It also eats slightly larger vertebrae prey, including smaller lizards, baby mice and frogs.Know More
Five-lined skinks are diurnal, which means that they are active during the day and hunt during the day. They often climb up dead trees in search of abundant insects.
Five-lined skinks prefer to live in rocky areas with patchy tree and shrub cover. These areas are often found on the edges of deciduous forests. Because of its varied diet, this skink has a wide range, which stretches from southern Michigan and New York to northern Florida and west to Wisconsin.
Five-lined skinks are also known as blue-tailed skinks, because as hatchlings, they have bright blue tails with white or yellow stripes. As the skinks age, their stripes get darker and darker until they fade to grey, although females are more likely to retain blue tails than males are. Five-lined skinks are also characterized by their five yellow or cream stripes that run from their snouts to their tails.Learn more about Lizards
Blue-tongued skinks are omnivorous and eat both plant matter and a variety of small animals and insects in their natural habitat. In captivity, they subsist on a diet of greens, fruits, mealworms and crickets.Full Answer >
Skinks are not poisonous. A skink is a small lizard, with most species being a bit less than 8 inches long. It is one of the most common lizards. Some types of skinks make good pets.Full Answer >
Contrary to myth, the five-lined skink is not poisonous and only bites when threatened. In fact, the bite of this smaller skink is not painful and is unlikely to break the skin.Full Answer >
While the name "blue moon" conjures up a vivid, colorful image, the term actually refers to those times when there are two full moons in a single month; that second full moon is referred to as the blue moon, though its color is likely to be the same as it ever is. It is possible for the moon to have a bluish appearance, but this is usually due to atmospheric changes on earth, such as smoke or ash in the upper atmosphere as the result of fires or volcanic activity.Full Answer >