Sunday, March 13

The tadpoles are still there ...

... but don't look any different, still black blops with tails.
So, today I'll introduce you to some more of our back garden beasties.
The Skinks.I've been trying for years to get good shots of these little chaps. They are very shy and skittish. Possibly because ever cat we've ever owned has made it her life's mission to kill and eat as many of them as possible. Still, lately they've become quite bold and just stay there while I click away with Rupert.
This may be because it's been a while since a cat has been allowed to prowl their territory, or because it's been warm and sunny and they are stupefied with the heat.
This little fellow has clearly lost and regrown his tail
No matter, I got some nice closeups yesterday and got to watch a skink spot, hunt, catch and then reject a bit of white fluff. It was, I think, a bit of bird down from the nestlings above.
I think our skinks are Pale-flecked Garden Sunskink, (Lampropholis guichenoti)
Their bright eyes, long elegant toes and beautiful copper and brown scales are a joy to behold.
It's hard to imagine they are the descendants of dinosaurs.


cookiecrumb said...

Bok, bok, bok!
So exotic. So lengthwise.

Ms Brown Mouse said...

Cookie, I don't know if these chaps make a noise but when we were in Darwin we heard Geckos bark :)

Zoomie said...

Beautiful little things, aren't they? Copper chainmail, but elegant.

cookiecrumb said...

No, that was the frogs greeting the skinks.
Geckos bark! Cool.

Ms Brown Mouse said...

Zoomie, they are indeed, when you can spot them.
Cookie, oooo I see :) I'm hoping they aren't tadpole eaters is all!

Pink Granite said...

Again, you have the most amazing garden!!!