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Bush_Eats_Beef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:50 PM
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Official five-lined skink appreciation thread. C'mon in, don't be shy.
http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/StratfordLandingES/Ecology/mp...

Five-lined Skinks mate in the Spring and females will dig a nest under a log, stump, or rock. She will lay up to a dozen eggs, which will hatch between June and August, depending on when they were laid. Females will stay with their eggs until they hatch. She will also eat any unhatched eggs.



Young Five-lined Skinks are about two inches long when born.



The Five-lined Skink is our most common lizard. They grow up to eight inches long, with males growing slightly larger than females.



Young skinks have very clear stripes and a bright blue tail. Females may keep a very full bluish-gray tail as they age, but males' tails will turn brown.

:toast:

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XNASA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:51 PM
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1. Hmmmm.....pretty skinky.
:silly:
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:54 PM
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2. Oh I thought this was about an old girlfriend
Sorry I misread it
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mr_hat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:54 PM
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3. I commend you, Sir or Madam. We, all of us,
go far too long between skink salutes.
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mr_hat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:54 PM
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4. Self delete
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 01:55 PM by mr_hat
itchy trigger finger.
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giant_robot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:02 PM
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5. Skinks....
Small common lizard
I see your tail is bluish
You eat unhatched eggs.

(A skink haiku)





(I really should make better use of my time)
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Bush_Eats_Beef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:09 PM
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6. I've see, heard, and done a lot of things in life, BUT...
...that was my FIRST skink haiku.

I need some "quiet time" to process THAT one.

:evilgrin:
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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:13 PM
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8. how deep!
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jswordy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:12 PM
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7. I love skinks!
We live in a house made of limestione, and they are around all the time. The like to sun on my concrete and rock porch. I just love 'em. So cute. And it is cool how the tail is purply-blue to attract the attention of predators, then it pops off when they bite it, and the skink gets away OK, only to grow another!

They also eat a frickin' TON of bugs and etc.
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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:15 PM
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9. Are you in Florida?
There are all kinds of little lizards down there, hanging out
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aden_nak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:21 PM
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10. But I don't appreciate Paris Hil - - - oh, wait, you said SKINK.
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 02:22 PM by aden_nak
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morningglory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:22 PM
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11. Live in Florida, and appreciate all the bug-eating the skinks do.
I was reared on the property we are buying, and it was always roach-y. We have lived here 2 years without any insecticide and have not seen a roach. Good lizard! Keep eating!
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