Common Garden Skink

skink
Lampropholisguichenoti

I love skinks, always have. This little fellow was in my bedroom today and ran into a shoe – else I wouldn’t have captured it. I managed to grab the Nokia on the way outside. He calmly posed before I let him go – without shedding his tail!

Wikipedia says they have sharp teeth – yikes – never knew that.

The pale-flecked garden sunskink or common garden skink (Lampropholis guichenoti) is a small common skink often seen in suburban gardens in Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane in Australia, but are common across most of Southern Australia and some of New South Wales. … Garden skinks feed on larger invertebrates, including crickets, moths, slaters, earthworms, flies, grubs and caterpillars, grasshoppers, cockroaches, earwigs, slugs, dandelions, small spiders, ladybeetles, ants and many other small insects, which makes them a very helpful animal around the garden. They can also feed on fruit and vegetables, but the vegetables have to be cooked for the skink to be able to eat it. …

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  1. la_lasciata says:

    And just how do you know it’s a he, pray ? {grin}

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    1. ChristineR says:

      I just KNEW someone would ask that. 😀 I read afterwards that girls have a bit of a reddish look about them. I can’t say I’ve noticed.

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      1. la_lasciata says:

        You should’ve guessed it would be MOI ! 😀

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  2. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Christine, it’s cute, I’ve never seen one. Looking at the side now, I see you are going to publish a novel, wow! It’s so good, can I know what is about? Fantasy can go many ways.

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Actually I grew up calling these skinks a gecko. 🙂

      Funny you should ask about my novel, Elizabeth. Today I’ve been working on my ’15 word descriptive sentence’ as per The Snowflake Method. But I haven’t really come up with anything I’m happy with – something like ‘The inn-keeper’s daughter trades her freedom for a dragon, but decides she will have both.’

      I’m romancing with myself, hoping to publish before my 60th birthday, but it’s a gaol to aim at. 😀

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      1. Elizabeth says:

        dragons? so I hope it will fairies too, I love fairies stories.

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  3. I love the skinks in my garden. We had two resident blue tongues for a while we called Boris and Natasha. They’ve gone but a new friend jumped out at me near the hose this morning when I was filling the watering can. 🙂

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    1. ChristineR says:

      I like seeing the lizards around – it might be an old wives tale, but it is said there aren’t snakes about where they live. We have a few about here, too.

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  4. prior says:

    nice capture – and you have such a special touch with nature Christine 🙂

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Thanks Yvette – try telling that to the birds who won’t let me close enough.

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      1. prior says:

        yeah – they are probably fast huh?

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  5. Sue says:

    Love seeing lizards in the garden, sadly becoming less & less as all the vacant land is being developed. My mother-in-law is scared of any lizard, says they are unlucky but the same woman will pick up things in the garden that are populated by red-back spiders without flinching.

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    1. ChristineR says:

      I tend to forget about redbacks too, until I see one!

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  6. Martha Kennedy says:

    He’s lovely. In California we had a skink who was bright blue — really beautiful. I saw two playing one day and couldn’t believe my eyes.

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    1. ChristineR says:

      That would have been marvellous – like watching a cartoon. ❤

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  7. Sue Slaght says:

    We don’t have skinks here but they were always a favorite in the zoo for the kids especially the two headed ones.

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Two heads! 😮 Wow.

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      1. Sue Slaght says:

        Well I think the tail looks like a head so it is a defensive strategy.

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        1. ChristineR says:

          I looked up google images, and I see what you mean about the tail can look like a head.

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  8. milliethom says:

    We don’t have skinks in the UK – at least, not that I’ve heard of! I don’t think it’s hot enough here, for a start. He (?) certainly is cute, and you did a good job in catching him to photogragh. I’m fascinated by your Australian species.

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    1. ChristineR says:

      If he hadn’t of gone in the shoe, I would have just guided him to the closest exit, Millie. I must take some photos at our golf course – there’s usually kangaroos lying about everywhere. I’m sure everyone would love to see that!

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  9. Sure. You can keep him. I’m not partial to crawling things. Thanks for the edu-ma-cation. See…I’m all shook up! 😀

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  10. fatericsmum says:

    I’m another fan of skinks — and lizards in general! When we lived in the Adelaide Hills we saw many large goannas of various kinds (mostly blue-tongues, but others as well). Here in Tassie we mostly have small lizards only — but I still love to watch them 🙂

    I’m really impressed that this skink rested so quietly in your palm — how do you do that?

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Ha! I’m surprised about that as you are. Perhaps he could tell he was too far above the ground to jump off. As soon as I lowered my hand, he was off. No posing for photos then! I see goannas in the forest around here now and then.

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      1. fatericsmum says:

        They’re gorgeous creatures! I come from WA and I used to spend my May holidays on a farm a few hundred miles north of Perth. We saw quite a few racehorse goannas there — I loved them! In the Adelaide Hills, my favourites were the frill-necked lizards — they looked so wonderful when they frilled their necks out to see off a threat!

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  11. bkpyett says:

    We had what we called lizards in Tasmania, and they also lost their tails when scared. I think they looked a little different to your skink. Haven’t seen one of these yet in our garden unfortunately. Well photographed Christine!

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Thanks Barbara. This one looks to have a bit of a kink in his tail, where it has grown back. Amazing how it can do that.

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  12. Wow, learned something new.

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