I am suffering from a horrible sore-throat lurgy this week. I’ve had two days off work and haven’t accomplished very much at all, although I did attempt some more painting on the weekend before giving up and relegating myself to the couch and bad day time TV. Shame, as the weather was lovely (though cool) and the sun was shining. I did manage to get a few shots of the local skink population in my garden having a grand old time in the sun, catching bugs and soaking up the rays.
They are gorgeous little critters (generally 5-15cms) – shiny and sleek and so perfect with their little miniature scales and dark eyes. Some of my friends don’t agree, but I think they are wonderful and fascinating. I read up on them in the week (when I was busy doing nothing but sniffling and feeling sorry for myself) and found out a few facts I did not know:
- The common name for these little guys that are found everywhere in Australia is Fence Skink (or Wall Skink) – basically because they are usually found sunning themselves on outside walls and fences!
- They lay clutches of about 5 eggs and often have them in communal nests with other skinks. The ideal spot is somewhere warm, dark and moist eg under logs, in damp garden beds etc.
- The eggs resemble perfect miniature chicken eggs. They are soft and leathery and become enlarged as they absorb moisture from the surrounding soil.
Now I am a bit obsessed about finding a skink nest but it is pretty unlikely. I’ve never seen one before…but then I guess I wasn’t looking for one! I am a bit paranoid about disturbing one now or accidentally digging one up so I will be extra careful in the garden from now on.
I really enjoyed capturing these guys on film – they were quite willing participants, all things considered. Normally shy and timid, they kept quite still and didn’t run and hide which was lovely as I got to get up close to them. I think the sun was just too gorgeous for them to want to hide away.
So many colour variations!
This little guy was very bolshy and jumped down (he actually landed with quite a thud) to where I was standing in order to catch a spider right I front of me. I don’t think he could have cared less that I was there – he just wanted his lunch! 🙂
This tiny little fellow was so shiny and handsome. He was only about 3cm long so I think he was a new hatchling. I nearly trod on him as he was so tiny and blended in with his surroundings. Beautiful though.
Hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my fabulous garden friends – I love having them around 🙂