Everyday life in Alabama with Blue Tailed Skinks!
Here in Alabama we find all kinds of little critters in our yard. Some are scary, some are cool and some are just cute! I find it very interesting living here seeing all the bugs that I see. Some are like none I have ever seen before. Some are little lizards(blue tailed skinks), sticky frogs, butterflies, caterpillars, the list goes on!
This little guy actually turned and looked at me before jumping off the porch and running like a blue tailed lunatic!
He’s called a Blue Tailed Skink. I remember the first time I seen one of these lizards. I was young maybe 6 or 7 years old. I was with my Grandma, Aunt Amy, Aunt Wendy and Great Grandma. When I was a kid we took trips every year to North Carolina to visit family. We would stay at a motel and swim all I remember is fun stuff from them times.
One day I came out of our motel room and noticed a bright blue color on a tree and ran over to see what it was! I was surprised to see such a brightly colored lizards tail! He was so cool back then no one knew what he was and they said it was a blue racer lizard. As I have grown up I realized a blue racer was a snake not a lizard, but hey they tried 🙂 It only peaked my interest in these colorful little guys.
He was running as fast as he could after jumping around three feet off our porch. Crazy lil lizard! He was long gone in no time though!
I truly think the blue color of their tails are just amazing! It’s so bright and blue, it stands out so much! I learned from reading about them that they are native to Australia’s Christmas Island. The blue tailed skins aren’t related to the skinks in North America. Here in North America, Alabama they are known for their Bright Blue Tails.
They can grow to a good size at least 8 inches from tail to head that I have seen. They have the ability to lose their wriggling tail when being hunted by their prey. When the blue tailed skink releases the tail and it stays wiggling and moving it confuses the predator, which keeps it’s attention on the tail. While the blue tailed skink flees with his life! They also resemble a snake with a snake like head and they also have a jacobson’s organ, they exhibit tongue flickering like snakes do, they taste their surroundings as well. They live on a diet of small insects and worms and they often like to burrow holes with tunnels, so they can have access to any hole at any given time. They can also climb with ease and they are found more frequently on the lower parts of tree trunks, wood or low vegetation.
Hope you found this information helpful. I think these little guys are amazing!