Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Mother Nature is being kind

Mother nature is being very kind in our current study of reptiles. Blue-tailed skinks are very common around our home. We daily see the juveniles around but rarely the adult males who are very different in color. I am guessing it is mating season as we have recently come across two different adult males in our yard with what I am guessing are females. Today we finally managed to take a picture before he disappeared.


Juvenile and female blue-tailed skinks (or five-lined skinks) are generally dark in color with several yellowish lines running down their backs and ultra-blue tails. The younger they are the brighter the tail will be. But adult males turn brown with these reddish-orange heads. Very scary looking when you come across it unexpectedly.

Upon reading on them I found that it says that they do well in captivity for studying. But I don't know if I am quite ready to go that far. Plus they are quick little things.

Tomorrow we go on our HS nature study around one of local lakes. It looks like the rain is going to hold off long enough, yeah! I am looking forward to it.

Peace,

Amy

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