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Old 05-15-2009, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Raleigh, NC
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I have blue/black lizards and brown striped lizards in my yard and around my house. Does anyone know what they are called? I'd like to get more info on them such as what they eat.

I placed a large 12x12 ceramic tile near my petunias to try to catch the slugs that have been chewing them to shreds. Each morning I lift the tile to remove the slugs - but alas there are none. Instead a week or so ago I saw a lizard crawl under the tile and now he/she is using it as some sort of home and the benefit is that the slug population is way down.
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Old 05-15-2009, 11:20 AM
 
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I have a little lizard living under my rain barrel. He keeps the spider population on my patio in check. I call him "Ernie".
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Old 05-15-2009, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill
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I call them cute! I wish there were more of them around. I rarely see them.
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Old 05-15-2009, 11:50 AM
 
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Your black and blue guy is almost definitely a skink (i'm assuming he's shiny).

Is your brown guy shiny? If so he might be a skink too. Otherwise he's most likely an anole. They are color changers, if you put them on a leaf or in the grass they'll quickly turn green. Hours of entertainment.
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Old 05-15-2009, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Marlborough, MA
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The striped ones are 5- lined skinks, the immature ones have the bright blue tails. The tails will fall off and regrow if the lizard feels threatened and runs. They are a huge benefit around your home so protect them.

We have some that race in and out of the poorly sealed gagrage and live in various cracks and such. Thet are more than welcome. Our cat likes to spend a lot of time peering at them out the window.

If you see a blazing green anole they are like little sci-fi monsters, really prehistoric looking.

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Old 05-15-2009, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Durham
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I've always heard them called 5 lined skinks.
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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We had a juvenile five-lined skink make it into our family room a few weeks ago...beautiful blue tail. I assume it came in through a large gap at the bottom of our back door that leads out onto our deck.

It certainly gave our cats a bit of excitement before I was able to trap it under a box, slide a thin plastic cutting board underneath, and set it free outside...in the front yard this time.
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Raleigh, NC
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Thanks so much for defining these things. I did a little more research and yes, they are five-lined skinks. The juveniles are black/blue and the adults are brown but the adult male has a redish head. They eat insects including slugs. Yeah! I think the one under my tile is a female and she's probably going to lay eggs (June-Aug). I'll continue to let her nest under the tile so she and her babies can eat the slugs!

I also saw a photograph of a TICK on one of these things - is nothing sacred? I hate ticks!
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I call them "lizards". My dog calls them "snacks"
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Old 05-15-2009, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I've always heard them called 5 lined skinks.
That! As for ticks, if it has blood, then ticks will get 'em!
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