Characteristics: The five-lined skink is the most common lizard in North America. Adult lizards are typically brownish in color, and males can be identified from their orange or reddish heads. Young five-lined skinks are dark with five whitish or yellowish stripes and a bright blue tail. Their stripes fade as they mature. They grow to eight inches long. These reptiles are diurnal, so they are active during the day. Like many other lizards, five-lined skinks will break off their tails when restrained, distracting the predator and allowing the lizard to escape.
Habitat: Five-lined skinks are a woodland reptile and can be founded in forest areas. Although sometimes seen in the open, these lizards are most often found beneath logs or under tree bark.
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The design for the Defenses of Washington was based on a textbook published in 1836 called A TREATISE ON FIELD FORTIFICATIONS, by Dennis Hart Mahan. Mahan was a professor of civil and military engineering at West Point.