SKINKING SOME MORE

Animal Scene - - ANIMAL APPEAL -

As men­tioned be­fore, skinks were a com­mon fea­ture on Mt. Mak­il­ing, and we man­aged to catch one for some pho­to­graphs, a skink I iden­ti­fied as Pi­noyscin­cus ab­dic­tus aquilo­nius. These were very ac­tive skinks, and many could be ob­served scur­ry­ing in the un­der­growth for food and shel­ter. And amongst the leaf lit­ter, we found an­other Platy­man­tis dor­salis, but this one be­ing a drab ver­sion of the one we saw ear­lier. Fur­ther up we saw a skink sun­ning on a tree trunk -- I did a men­tal ap­praisal and con­cluded that it must have been a species of Da­sia. Skinks from this genus were not of­ten ob­served, and when they were, it was usu­ally the species D. grisea, an at­trac­tive species with cop­pery-pink dor­sum and ap­ple-green ven­ter. How­ever, due to its dis­tance from us, a con­crete iden­ti­fi­ca­tion was dif­fi­cult to present.

A tiny and cheeky skink was found and caught, and might be a ju­ve­nile of Par­voscin­cus de­cip­i­ens. This in­di­vid­ual re­peat­edly tried to bite us, and soon re­leased af­ter we took some pho­tos of it.

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