Skinks are inspirational. Skinks are reptiles that live in many habitats around the world, except for habitats in artic and subarctic regions. They are found in habitats including deserts, mountains, and grasslands. There are more than 1,500 species ranging in size from 3 inches long to 14 inches. Most species are about 4.7 inches from snout to vent.
Skinks look like lizards without necks. Some do not have limbs though. Others have reduced limbs and move like snakes. Most species of skinks can shed their tail to escape a predator. Most of the tail will regenerate. Some species are aquatic or tree-climbers, however most burrow. They are active during the day and will bask in the sun when not hiding to catch prey or guarding their nest.
Some skinks have live offspring and others lay eggs. A mother’s approximately 6 eggs will often be laid with those of others and they will be guarded. Ten to thirty lizards can be seen standing in front of where the communal nest is located.
Skinks are carnivorous. They eat many insects and are helpful to gardens. They eat flies, crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars, earthworms, millipedes, snails, slugs, and other similar prey. Some species even eat small rodents. Skinks are known to benefit from gardens, as well as, benefit gardens. Many people want skinks in their garden, although skinks are preyed on by cats, foxes, snakes, birds, and other animals.
Skinks have become pets. They are easy for children to care for and have become popular pets for children or people that want a docile, easy-to-care-for pet. At least a 40-gallon tank with a lid and branches or other items to climb on will help keep a pet skink. A heat source is needed and skinks can be fed a 60/40 mix of plant and animal matter. Live crickets, cooked vegetables, and even dog or cat food are possible food choices.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!