Tuesday, May 24, 2016

More From the Woodpile

Yesterday afternoon found me moving the last of the firewood from the driveway. There were plenty of surprises along the way as creatures were uncovered. The most interesting of them all was this young Western Skink. Young Western Skinks have amazingly bright blue tails. The general belief is that this attracts the attention of predators towards the disposable tail which will break off if it is grabbed. It will grow back later. I can still vividly recall the first time I spotted a juvenile Skink near Spring Lake in Santa Rosa. We had just moved to California and I couldn't believe anything could be such a bright neon blue. I wasn't quite sure what I had seen. They have got a pretty cool looking tongue too! God's love and blessings to all, chris All images created with a handheld Canon 7D and a 100mm macro lens in manual mode. Exposures varied. Lighting was provided by two Alien Bee 1600 Studio lights. #teamcanon


  1. That's quite a cool little guy! We have Blue Skinks here with the same tails and most likely for the same reason.

  2. That is really cool. You also have those big Bull Snakes. We get Gopher snakes a related species but they don't get that big.