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Blue-tailed lizard
Blue-tailed lizard  
We found this little guy sunning himself on a log in the Talladega National Forest in Brent, AL. His tail is a more brilliant blue than the picture indicates. He was maybe 8-10" including his tail. Please identify. Thank you.

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Hello Michelle,


He is gorgeous, especially with the bright blue tail.  I have seen pictures of similar lizards before.  I did find an exact picture with the identification & details on him.  He is a 5 lined American Skink or a Blue tail Skink.  Here is a link to view more information.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plestiodon_fasciatus


Did he run off when seeing you or just continue basking in the sun?  We used to see similar types of skinks in Florida also.  

Let me know if you have more questions.

Tracie

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Tracie Kretzschmar

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I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.

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I have been working with bearded dragons for over 5 years now, as well as leopard geckos, too. I am currently doing rescues, as well. I hope to be able to educate people prior to them purchasing an exotic pet in order to avoid any health crisis with them.

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I have a master's degree in sports medicine & physiology, & 1 year of vet tech schooling, & am currently working on a reptile certification through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

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