ereks mom Posted July 23, 2008 Share Posted July 23, 2008 Yes, a skInk -- not a skUnk -- a type of lizard. And it's a large adult (male?), 8 to 10 inches long, not one of the relatively cute baby ones with the bright blue tail. There are three skink species, and they are very similar in appearance, usually only identifiable by close examination of the scales under the tail and whether they have four or five scales along the upper lip between the nose and eye. (And I am NOT going to look that close!!!) It's either (click links for pictures --but I warn you, they're not lovely, unless you're a mama skink): #1 Five-lined Skink (Eumeces fasciatus) #2 Southeastern Five-lined Skink (Eumeces inexpectatus) #3 Broadhead Skink (Eumeces laticeps) I am voting for Bachelor #2. You see that his scientific name is Eumeces inexpectatus, right? Isn't inexpectatus Latin for unexpected??!!?? Well, there you have it!! We see skinks all the time outside, but this one somehow made his way inside! I have no idea how he got inside, but he nearly scared me to death, just lying there on the floor right in front of my dishwasher! Then he disappeared under my dishwasher and then started slowly sticking his head out -- and when all you can see is his head, it looks exactly like a snake! So ER rigged up a contraption to catch the skink -- think broom handle plus rope plus small plastic basket. But it didn't work, and the skink disappeared between the stove and the cabinet. :confused: Well, I called dh to come home from work and help us. He came home (after awhile) and started pulling stuff out of the cabinet. It seems that somewhere way back along the side of the cabinet, there is a hole that has been cut so the stove could be plugged into an outlet back there. I never knew it was there. Until now. Dh did see the skink, which by then had made its way into the cabinet with my Tupperware and Gladware. And it disappeared again, and we can't figure out how to get it out, so dh has gone to the recliner to take a nap. :001_huh: I wonder who's going to cook supper??? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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