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garden skink (Nikon D3000 on auto)

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Skink in the wood pile

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Skink

A furry footed garden skink – it has been running about behind the wood-heater, collecting fluff. I carried it outside and managed one decent photo with the old Nokia Lumia 520 phone.

If you are viewing on PC or tablet, and wish to see the entire photo, just click on image and select view background.  I didn’t get it all in. Should have worn my specs.

Thanks for looking.

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Nikon D3000 SLR, on auto.

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More Skink Images

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Skinks

Skinks are one of my favourite creatures. Here are some photos I took at the weekend with the Nikon D3000.

 

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I expect these are the common Garden Skink. One kindly posed for me while I steadied the camera on a piece of wood. The others skurried into the wood pile.

Thanks for looking.

 

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Yesterday

LEFT: The cold front rolling in yesterday
RIGHT: Early this morning

The cold front rolling in, 3 Jan 2015, afternoon

Early morning, 4 Jan 2015

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It rained a fair bit last night, no thunderstorms. I was leaning over the side gate to get the photo of that cool front rolling in and I don’t know what made me look down … there was our old friend the blue tongue lizard at my feet, though on the other side of the gate.

My heart didn’t even miss a beat.

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WP_20150103_011Okay, I admit I was a little nervous. There was no way I was getting down to ground level for what would have been fantastic photos of his flicking blue tongue.  I thought he (she) might have been hot, so I picked up the nearest container of water and threw it over him. Maybe that slowed him down, as he appeared to be heading under the gate when he stopped in the gap.  That was the end of the photos.

I don’t know if it is the lizard from earlier in the year. I thought it might have been the one found dead out in the front gutter, some weeks after Vika grabbed it round the tummy … I prefer to think a bird had killed it.  (I resisted the temptation to take a photo of the dead lizard. )

Maybe I will get closer next time! I doubt it.

 

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Common Garden Skink

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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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