Skilton's Skink

Plestiodon skiltonianus skiltonianus

These small lizards are most often hiding out under cover, but if you see a snakelike streak of electric blue in the grass, chances are you've seen a Skilton's skink. 

But don't just rely on blue to identify them! As they grow older, the blue of their tails fades; and the sides of their head and chin get rustier orange in breeding season.

 

They are sleeker, snakier, and less likely to linger in the open than any other lizard around.  But they seem fairly abundant in less developed portions of campus.

Photo Credit: Janet Spencer