If you live in Atlanta, you have seen a five-lined skink. They are easily identified by their blue tails. Juvenile skinks have especially bright blue tails and one visited me today. These lizards are harmless. They are often found near deciduous forests and prefer moist areas. Skinks are excellent climbers and move quickly to escape danger. Like other lizards, their tail can break off if seized by a predator, but will regenerate in time. Skinks are most active on warm sunny days and prey on insects. They are often mistaken for snakes because of their short legs.