Tuesday, August 31, 2010
A Blue Tale
This juvie Five Lined Skink squiggled out from under a log that I was moving last weekend.
In a state of Posting Partum depression due to a busy schedule, I snatched his blue butt up and forced him to pose for a few photos.
Only the young skinks have this fantastic blue tail. I think the general thought on the blue is that it distracts a predators attention to the least important end of the skink.
Better to lose a piece of my tail than a piece of my head.
Speaking of a skink's head ... isn't it magnificent?
... and those eyes ... wow!
This guy is just a youngster, but there are plenty of adults around PFHQ.
A huge adult skink is living in my barn and when I open the door, he scurries away from whatever slinky, skinky, sneaky stuff he was up to ... sounding all the while like a much bigger animal.
He makes enough of a scurrying noise that I at first thought it was a rat or an opossum roaming around under the workbench.
Skinks are mostly ground lizards who move in swishy serpentine fashion. That seems to make them a lot noisier than other lizards when they are in motion.
At least, that's true in a cluttered barn.