Variable Skink (Plestiodon multivirgatus epipleurotis))

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.

Woodland Striped Whiptail Lizard

Variable Skink

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.

 

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About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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