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Ground Skink [Oct. 10th, 2007|10:26 am]
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I took this last month.


[User Picture]From: ndozo
2007-10-10 03:50 pm (UTC)
OOh! It's so skinky! Nice.
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[User Picture]From: dinahprincedaly
2007-10-10 04:26 pm (UTC)
What is it? I think I saw one in Ireland two years ago... where they don't have snakes
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2007-10-10 06:33 pm (UTC)
It's a skink which is a kind of lizard. They look like a large version of the salamanders we have in Connecticut, but they live on land. I guess St. Patrick saw how cool skinks were and decided to let them be.

Skinks are very fast and hard to photograph. So I was happy that this shot came out. What's interesting is that e_moon60 got a good skink picture about the same time I did. It makes me wonder if that's a time of year skinks are slow for some reason.

Elizabeth (e_moon60) has an amazing photo gallery of critters she's photographed on her land and then identified. Check out http://pics.livejournal.com/e_moon60/. She documents the critters on the land as a part of the prairie land restoration work she's doing on her 80 acres. Both the pictures and the project are very impressive.

ndozo knows much more about skinks than I do.
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[User Picture]From: dinahprincedaly
2007-10-10 07:21 pm (UTC)

thanks for elizabeth moon link

so then prairie skinks are not at all related to city skanks
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2007-10-10 09:48 pm (UTC)

Both Look Slimy, But Only One Actually Is

They both slither, but only city skanks are slimy.
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[User Picture]From: curculio
2007-10-10 09:03 pm (UTC)

slinky skinks

Snakes are actually a type of lizard who have lost their legs. Sort of like whales being relatives of the hippopotamus without the attitude. (I didn't make up either of those theories but I could have).

It is a great shot. The green really accents how cryptic the skink is against the dead leaf litter.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2007-10-10 09:38 pm (UTC)

Speedy Skinks

I'd like to claim I planned the shot and got the skink pose exactly how i wanted, but it's a total Hail Mary shot. The only other picture I took before it disappeared has a tail shaped blur in it. Skinks are fast!
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