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Plestiodon fasciatus (Five-lined Skink)

Synonyms: Eumeces fasciatus; Lacerta fasciata

Wikipedia Abstract

The (American) five-lined skink (Plestiodon fasciatus) is a species of lizard endemic to North America. It is one of the most common lizards in the eastern U.S. and one of the seven native species of lizards in Canada. In the United States, the Plestiodon fasciatus or "Common Five-lined Skink" is an indigenous reptile of Virginia.
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Attributes

Adult Weight [1]  6.9 grams
Diet [2]  Carnivore

Ecoregions

Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Use
Allegheny Highlands forests United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Appalachian mixed mesophytic forests United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Appalachian-Blue Ridge forests United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Atlantic coastal pine barrens United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests  
Central forest-grasslands transition United States Nearctic Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Central tall grasslands United States Nearctic Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Central U.S. hardwood forests United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
East Central Texas forests United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Eastern forest-boreal transition Canada, United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Eastern Great Lakes lowland forests Canada, United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Flint Hills tall grasslands United States Nearctic Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Middle Atlantic coastal forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Mississippi lowland forests United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
New England-Acadian forests Canada, United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Northeastern coastal forests United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Ozark Mountain forests United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Piney Woods forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Southeastern conifer forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Southeastern mixed forests United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Southern Great Lakes forests Canada, United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Texas blackland prairies United States Nearctic Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Upper Midwest forest-savanna transition United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Western Great Lakes forests Canada, United States Nearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Western Gulf Coastal grasslands Mexico, United States Nearctic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands  

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Big Thicket Biosphere Reserve National Park II 616880 Texas, United States
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge VI 19192 Maryland, United States
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge VI 16363 Delaware, United States
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge IV 8964 South Carolina, United States
Carolinian-South Atlantic Biosphere Reserve 310228 North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, United States      
Central Gulf Coastal Plain Biosphere Reserve 40530 United States  
Chickasaw National Recreation Area V 7025 Oklahoma, United States
Colonial National Historic Park National Historical Park V 9316 Virginia, United States
Congaree Swamp National Park II 6095 South Carolina, United States
George WA Carver National Monument V 210 Missouri, United States
George Washington Birthplace National Monument V 435 Virginia, United States
George Washington Memorial Parkway V   Virginia, United States
Georgian Bay Islands National Park II   Ontario, Canada
Gettysburg National Military Park V 3560 Pennsylvania, United States
Great Smoky Mountains National Park II 515454 North Carolina, Tennessee, United States
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge VI 3161 New Jersey, United States
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park VI 715 West Virginia, United States
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park V 1926 Alabama, United States
Hot Springs National Park II 5740 Arkansas, United States
Jean Lafitte National Hist. Park & Preserve National Historical Park II 17686 Louisiana, United States
Land Between the Lakes Biosphere Reserve V 166264 Kentucky, Tennessee, United States
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial III 96 Indiana, United States
Little River National Wildlife Refuge   Oklahoma, United States
Little St. Simons Island   Georgia, United States
Mammoth Cave Area Biosphere Reserve (Natn'l Park) National Park II 51235 Kentucky, United States
Moores Creek National Battlefield III 100 North Carolina, United States
Mount Mitchell State Park   North Carolina, United States
National Capital Region - East National Park   District of Columbia, United States
New Jersey Pinelands Biosphere Reserve   New Jersey, United States  
New River Gorge National River National River and Wild and Scenic Riverway V 55591 West Virginia, United States
Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve 470167 Ontario, Canada  
Oak Ridge National Environmental Research Park 20001 Tennessee, United States
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge IV 38256 Florida, United States
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore II 67888 Michigan, United States
Point Pelee National Park II 5764 Ontario, Canada
Prince William Forest Park 19378 District of Columbia, United States
Rondeau Provincial Park II 5035 Ontario, Canada
Saint Croix International Historic Site   Maine, United States
Saint Lawrence Islands National Park II   Ontario, Canada
Shenandoah National Park II 108221 Virginia, United States
South Atlantic Coastal Plain Biosphere Reserve 20317 South Carolina, United States  
Southern Appalachian Biosphere Reserve 37548505 North Carolina, Tennessee, United States  
Tennessee River Gorge   Tennessee, United States
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge IV 26618 Alabama, United States

Ecosystems

Prey / Diet

Argiope aurantia (black-and-yellow argiope)[3]
Armadillidium vulgare (pillbug)[3]
Cicindela sexguttata (Six-spotted Tiger Beetle)[3]
Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick)[3]
Diapheromera femorata (Common American Walkingstick)[3]
Dolichovespula maculata (baldfaced hornet)[3]
Gryllus pennsylvanicus (fall field cricket)[3]
Lithobius forficatus (Brown centipede)[3]
Lymantria dispar (gypsy moth)[3]
Malacosoma americana (Eastern tent caterpillar)[3]
Melanoplus differentialis (Differential Grasshopper)[3]
Micrathena gracilis (Spined micrathena)[3]
Misumena vatia (flower spider)[3]
Narceus americanus (North american millipede)[3]
Odontopus calceatus (Sassafras weevil)[3]
Papilio polyxenes (Eastern black swallowtail)[3]
Phanaeus vindex (Dung beetle)[3]
Phidippus audax (Daring Jumping Spider)[3]
Rabidosa rabida (Rabid wolf spider)[3]
Tenodera aridifolia (Chinese mantid)[3]
Triatoma sanguisuga (Eastern blood-sucking cone)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Agelaius phoeniceus (Red-winged Blackbird)10
Agkistrodon contortrix (Southern Copperhead)2
Ambystoma maculatum (Spotted Salamander)6
Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard)4
Anaxyrus americanus americanus (Eastern American Toad)18
Archilochus colubris (Ruby-throated Hummingbird)2
Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)1
Baeolophus bicolor (Tufted Titmouse)5
Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed Hawk)5
Cardinalis cardinalis (Northern Cardinal)5
Charadrius vociferus (Killdeer)3
Colinus virginianus (Northern Bobwhite)9
Coluber constrictor (Eastern Racer)1
Corvus brachyrhynchos (American Crow)5
Cryptotis parva (North American Least Shrew)12
Cyanocitta cristata (Blue Jay)7
Didelphis virginiana (Virginia Opossum)4
Dryocopus pileatus (Pileated Woodpecker)1
Eptesicus fuscus (big brown bat)7
Geothlypis trichas (Common Yellowthroat)6
Heterodon platirhinos (Eastern Hognose Snake)1
Larus delawarensis (Ring-billed Gull)3
Lithobates catesbeianus (American Bullfrog)3
Lithobates sphenocephalus sphenocephalus (Florida Leopard Frog)9
Meleagris gallopavo (Wild Turkey)15
Mephitis mephitis (Striped Skunk)8
Mimus polyglottos (Northern Mockingbird)4
Molothrus ater (Brown-headed Cowbird)12
Myiarchus crinitus (Great Crested Flycatcher)7
Notophthalmus viridescens (Eastern Newt)4
Peromyscus leucopus (white-footed mouse)5
Picoides pubescens (Downy Woodpecker)6
Plethodon cinereus (Eastern Red-backed Salamander)8
Poecile carolinensis (Carolina Chickadee)8
Procyon lotor (Raccoon)5
Pseudacris crucifer (Spring Peeper)7
Quiscalus quiscula (Common Grackle)4
Rattus norvegicus (Norway rat)3
Scalopus aquaticus (Eastern Mole)7
Sciurus carolinensis (eastern gray squirrel)4
Sialia sialis (Eastern Bluebird)8
Sitta carolinensis (White-breasted Nuthatch)7
Spinus tristis (American Goldfinch)2
Sturnus vulgaris (European Starling)7
Tamias striatus (eastern chipmunk)2
Terrapene carolina (Florida Box Turtle)5
Thamnophis sirtalis (Common Garter Snake)3
Thryothorus ludovicianus (Carolina Wren)9
Turdus migratorius (American Robin)14
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox)3
Zenaida macroura (Mourning Dove)2
Zonotrichia albicollis (White-throated Sparrow)2

Predators

Accipiter striatus (Sharp-shinned Hawk)[3]
Agkistrodon contortrix (Southern Copperhead)[3]
Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)[3]
Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed Hawk)[3]
Buteo platypterus (Broad-winged Hawk)[4]
Chelydra serpentina (Common Snapping Turtle)[3]
Corvus brachyrhynchos (American Crow)[3]
Cryptotis parva (North American Least Shrew)[3]
Didelphis virginiana (Virginia Opossum)[3]
Falco sparverius (American Kestrel)[4]
Felis silvestris (Wildcat)[4]
Heterodon platirhinos (Eastern Hognose Snake)[3]
Lampropeltis calligaster (Prairie Kingsnake)[5]
Lampropeltis gentilis (Scarlet kingsnake)[5]
Lanius excubitor (Northern Shrike)[4]
Megaceryle alcyon (Belted Kingfisher)[3]
Mephitis mephitis (Striped Skunk)[3]
Mimus polyglottos (Northern Mockingbird)[3]
Myiarchus crinitus (Great Crested Flycatcher)[3]
Procyon lotor (Raccoon)[4]
Strix varia (Barred Owl)[3]
Thryothorus ludovicianus (Carolina Wren)[3]
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox)[3]

Providers

Shelter 
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (Common Ragweed)[3]
Ampelocissus latifolia (American ivy)[3]
Diphasiastrum digitatum (fan clubmoss)[3]
Flavoparmelia caperata (flavoparmelia lichen)[3]
Osmundastrum cinnamomeum (cinnamon fern)[3]
Poa pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)[3]
Pteridium aquilinum (northern bracken fern)[3]
Rosa virginiana (Virginia Rose)[3]
Symplocarpus foetidus (Skunk Cabbage)[3]
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)[3]
Trifolium pratense (Red Clover)[3]

Consumers

Parasitized by 
Cosmocercoides dukae <Unverified Name>[6]
Mesocestoides tetrathyridium <Unverified Name>[6]
Mesocoelium monas[6]
Oochoristica eumecis <Unverified Name>[6]
Oswaldocruzia pipiens <Unverified Name>[6]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

    Maps
Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Caldwell Zoo
Children's Zoo at Celebration Square
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Minnesota Zoological Garden
Natural History Museum of Adirondacks
Oatland Island Wildlife Center
Virginia Aquarium&Marine Science Ctr

Range Map

USA (E Texas, E Oklahoma, E Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, S Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, W Connecticut, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi,;

Photos

Citations

Attributes / relations provided by 1Length–weight allometries in lizards, S. Meiri, Journal of Zoology 281 (2010) 218–226 2Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at animaldiversity.org 3Study of Northern Virginia Ecology 4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics. 5Resources of a Snake Community in Prairie-Woodland Habitat of Northeastern Kansas, Henry S. Fitch, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Research Report 13: 83-98 (1982) 6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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