Curiosity Caught the Skink
During warm weather, I usually see a few skinks on my daily walk. Mostly I just see a blur of motion, as something about the size and color of an earthworm whisks itself through the grasses and pine needles, finally finding shelter under a fallen leaf or root. Today I saw three. Two shimmied off as usual, but one stayed out and eyed me.
As I take pictures of these critters, sometimes I think that the beeping and flash of my camera must be to them what alien abduction stories are to us. Most of the creatures either go about their usual business, or move away, but this little skink was the reptile equivalent of Richard Dreyfuss walking out to meet the Mother Ship.
I didn’t realize until viewing these pictures on my computer, that he is missing about half of his tail. I’m guessing he was equally curious on another occasion, and lost part of his tail to a predator as a result.