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Skink (photo by Brent Moore¹)

I lifted the rock a second time and Hunter caught a glimpse before it disappeared into the brush — a slithering flash of brilliant blue.

 

Searching later I discovered we’d seen not a snake but a skink. “Western Skinks are unique among Idaho lizards in that they are covered with smooth, cycloid scales. These scales give Western Skinks a very glossy appearance. Western Skinks have a somewhat long, slim body and a tail that may be a bright blue color.”²

 

They aren’t rare but it was like nothing we’d seen before. Fun.

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¹ Creative Commons BY-NC licensed photo by Brent Moore: www.flickr.com/photos/94502827@N00/7764525062/

² Idaho Museum of Natural History: imnh.isu.edu/digitalatlas/bio/reptile/lacer/eusk/euskfram...

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Taken on August 10, 2012