UrsulaV (ursulav) wrote,
UrsulaV
ursulav

The skinks I saw were, it turns out, the lovely male broad-headed skink (a skink worth looking at, and I may have to do a painting of one at some point--his head was a wonderful coppery orange shade--and what I think was a southern coal skink.


Broad-headed skink:
http://www.herpsofnc.org/herps_of_NC/lizards/Eum_lat.html

Southern Coal Skink
http://216.109.89.105/reptile_amph/reptile_amph_l/AR0613_2l.jpg


Skinks are so cool. They're all rubbery looking, but they move with that ha-ha-I'm-not-a-mammal kind of whippy speed. The broad-headed skink actually went up a tree when I finally moved and startled him, which surprised me. I know intellectually that lizards hang out in trees all over the place, there are plenty of arboreal lizards, my Dad had emerald tree boas for a bit that he had to feed with pinky mice in a bird's nest to get 'em to eat--but the back of my brain still secretly believes that in a sane, normal world, reptiles are on the ground and birds are in the air. If I ever visit a tropical rainforest (and god, someday I hope I do) there will be a rude awakening somewhere back in the lobes.
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