This morning I uncovered a Variable Skink nest. I emailed a photo to the New Mexico Herpetological Society for verification. Fast action because I already got a response correcting my first guess.
This isn’t one of the regular lizards that lurk around my house, it is up in the pinyon-juniper forest and was under a large piece of trash that I picked up. Good spot because she can snag ants adjacent to her nest without getting out.
I have never seen a lizard and eggs before and am glad she held still long enough for a photograph. I have never seen this Variable Skink before but it has a fairly limited range, and is more common in Colorado than here in Northern New Mexico.
As soon as the babies hatch, they are on ttheir own. I may start seeing more Variable Skinks in the woods if I leave their nesting site aline.