Editor's Note: We assume this is someone's pet gone wild, and we thought we'd let the family's Mom share in her own words how they were startled to find it several weeks ago.
SNAKE ALERT….. NO, IT’S A SKINK!
It is not every day you see a 14-inch snake with tiny legs on your patio in Long Beach!
He was sunning himself and did not appear to be going anywhere. It can’t be a snake, he’s got legs! We felt relief – sort of.
It appeared as if his body was elongated rather than the long tapered tail of a lizard. I sent this picture to our grandson in Nashville, who immediately called it out as a skink. With the tag line, he added – “I know my reptiles!”
We assumed Mr. Skink moved on. But no. About three weeks later, there he was, sunning himself on a wall at the edge of a flowerbed. Mr. Skink must be here to stay!
He is definitely not from our habitat so we can only guess someone lost a pet and he took up residence in our backyard. And get this – our dog does not scare him, nor do people. Mr. Skink seems content to coexist and be at peace.
Now that is lesson for many of us!
For other skink photos, check our mini round-up from other Patches.