Juveniles have the distinct bright blue tail. The stripes and the tail both fade as the Skink ages. In males, the tail turns brown, and in females it becomes a dull blue-gray.
Eggs are laid in the spring in clutches of 15 to 18, usually in a crevice or hollowed cavern under logs or rocks. The incubation period ranges from 3 to 8 weeks, depending on soil temperature.
These just-hatched skinks will take 2-3 years to reach sexual maturity, with an ultimate lifespan of up to 6 years.
The Five-lined Skink prefers a moist, vegetated habitat. They are carnivorous and will eat just about anything that will fit in their mouths.