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Oh Baby…skinks, that is!

As I mentioned previously, when I was home with the folks over Father’s Day weekend we discovered a Mama Skink was nesting in our front flowerbed.

Late last week Mama Skink hatched her eggs & for a few short days there were baby skinks in the front. As you can see from some of the pictures below their tails were an electric blue.


(Thanks Mom & Dad for capturing the pictures for this entry!) 

Mama & the babies have now left their nest in the front flowerbed & are out in the great big world. For a few days Mom & Dad enjoyed checking on the little nest. Just like Doris the dove that has nested above my back door for 3 years, I think that Mama Skink knew that the Artisan family would provide a safe place for nesting.

Mom & Dad have always shown us the simple pleasure in little things in our world – including these types of “nature encounters.” Some day I will share the story of how turtles came to be one of my favorite animals…until then I will leave you with this hint:

How did the little turtle cross Ridgemont Dr. in 1989? With the help of Amy Artisan guiding the way & watching for traffic (with a bit of a nudge from Dad Artisan)…



  1. those skinks are so cool! Love their blue tails

  2. Great Pictures Amy! Thanks for sharing – don’t know t hat I’ve ever heard of a skink before now.

  3. Great pictures! Everybody needs a safe place to nest. We have a family of sparrows that have set up camp in our newspaper box.

  4. All this episode of “Wild Kingdom” was missing was Jim Fowler wrestling an alligator. Thanks Amy!

  5. I love the skink pictures! That is amazing! and a perfect little twist on Project Spectrum blues 🙂

  6. I’ve never heard of a skink before either! Nice little wildlife preserve your family has there. As always, great pictures. Must be a hereditary gift!

  7. Skinks creep me out. But those are some great shots! I think I’d a dropped the turtle immediately if I lifted it and saw a mama skink and her eggs.

  8. I can’t wait to hear the story!

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