Warren County Wildlife: Five-Lined Skink, the county's only lizard species


Warren County’s only lizard species is the Five-Lined Skink.
Photo by John Park


If you are hiking along the rocky ridges of Allamuchy State Park, Jenny Jump State Forest or in the Kittatinny Mountains, keep your eyes open for Warren County’s only lizard species, the five-line skink.

Although very common, the five-lined skink spends much of its time under woody debris or rock piles; however, they can be seen basking out in the open on sunny days. The preferred habitat of the five-lined skink includes steep, rocky areas with open ledge or patchy tree and shrub cover. These habitats are usually plentiful with loose rock slabs and rotten logs and are typically adjacent to deciduous forests where the skink can scurry quickly about in search of insects to feed on.

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