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January 18, 2014 / Rae Spencer

Little Brown Skinks

Skink Jan 13

Earlier this week I took a long walk on the Osmanthus Trail at First Landing State Park. The day was eerily warm, and I was not the only one enjoying the bright sunshine. I saw dozens of Little Brown Skinks (which are also called Ground Skinks.)

Skink Jan 13

All along the trail glittering flashes of brown slipped into cover as I approached. If I stopped and stood very still, they emerged again.

Skink Jan 13

Sometimes they emerged in pairs and scuffles broke out. Or resumed.

Skink Jan 13

Skink Jan 13

Skink Jan 13

I wondered if these were mating displays or true battles for territory.

Skink Jan 13

The skinks were so entertaining that I kept my camera focused on the ground for much of my walk. Even so, I caught a single frame of a curious Hermit Thrush.

Hermit Thrush January 13

And I never pass up an opportunity to photograph Hooded Mergansers.

Hooded Merganser Jan 13

I missed photos of woodpeckers and chickadees and an unfamiliar warbler, but I don’t regret the day’s lizard fixation. I’m delighted to add Little Brown Skinks to the archive, because there is always room for life. My archive will never be full, and I will never tire of trying to fill it.

6 Comments

  1. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist / Jan 18 2014 5:18 PM

    I felt such an idiot one day when gardening we found a family of brown skinks. I’d never heard of legless lizards so decided that where a lot of baby brown snakes were there must be others. I rang the wildlife people to come and remove my brown snakes only to be told by the snake catcher when he could catch his breath from laughing “These are ‘armless, no legless brown skinks.” Your photos reminded me of that incident.

    • Rae Spencer / Jan 21 2014 9:47 PM

      I’ve never seen a legless lizard, except in captivity. I’m sure I would think they were snakes, too!

  2. jeaniemac100 / Jan 18 2014 7:00 PM

    One word, Rae Spencer: BOOK!

  3. Fictionquest / Jan 20 2014 1:03 PM

    VERY NICE PHOTOS BUT
    I LIKE THE DUCKS BETTER 🙂

  4. bardessdmdenton / Jan 20 2014 1:37 PM

    I have never seen skinks before, Rae. So thank you for sharing, and the lovely photos of thrush and merganser ducks! Hope you are well. XO

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