Animal of the day – 3/14/2013 – The Blue-tailed Skink

The Blue-Tailed Skink

The Blue-Tailed Skink

The animal of the day is the Blue-tailed skink. (Did you know: That pretty blue tail serves quite the purpose! Unlike many lizards that have detachable tails [which can easily break off], skinks have the ability to disconnect their tails themselves!

That bright blue tail is for distracting predators while the skins makes a run for it [the tail wriggles and jiggles when detached]. This is why it’s body is so drably colored!

Female with Eggs

Female with Eggs

After the female lays her eggs, the eggs get larger as they absorb moisture from the soil. That’s why the eggs look so much bigger than the female herself.

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