One of the visitors that we have in our yard, aside from the deer, turkey, snakes and frogs, are lizards. I discovered an unusual one in our yard, and with the help of Gary Nafis at CaliforniaHerps.com we have identification! This little fellow is the Skilton’s Skink!
This Skink is the most common in the western U.S. These little guys hang out around fallen leaves and vegetation. At our house this fellow hangs out around our night blooming jasmine, darting in and out of it! They like to munch on spiders, pill bugs and sometimes will eat a small invertebrate. Notice the red coloring on the head? This means it is mating season!
Now check out the tail! Their tails break off if they are threatened, and the broken bit moves from side to side giving this critter the chance to get away from the threat! The reason for the pinkish colored tail is that this is a new tail!
The scales on this little guy are really shiny too!
Now let us take a look at a side view!
Isn’t this a handsome fellow?
Thank you for taking a moment to stop by today! Have a terrific Tuesday! Be well! ^..^