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Skinks at Swain's Lock, Potomac, Maryland

April 25, 2012

Down on the C&O Canal yesterday (didn't catch sunfish or anything else), I was walking back past Swain's Lock and a slight movement caught my eye. I looked over and saw this fellow:

Five Lined Skink at Swain's Lock, Potomac, Maryland
Five Lined Skink at Swain's Lock, Potomac, Maryland

They're also called Blue Tailed Skinks but you can't see the electric blue tail here in this picture. I saw a bunch of juvenile blue tailed skinks enjoying the sun and looking for bugs in cracks between the stones of the lock. The one in this picture is likely an adult.

Further down I also saw the much larger Broad-Headed Skink. He let me get pretty close to take a picture. He's in hole in the wood on one of the lock gates. Note that he isn't stuck, it's just the angle of the photo.

Broad Headed Skink at Swain's Lock, Potomac Maryland
Broad Headed Skink at Swain's Lock, Potomac Maryland

There are two other types of skinks here in Maryland, the Coal Skink and the Ground Skink. Neither one lives around Swain's though.

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