Monday, 7 December 2009

That skinking feeling

I can't help feeling that rare wildlife ought to behave in a way that befits its conservation status. It should skulk a bit. Perhaps look furtive. It certainly shouldn't be running around inside the house.


This rare skink, Eulamprus tigrinus, was running around on the inside of the screen door a few nights ago. It's a Wet Tropics endemic and is listed as rare under the Queensland Government's Nature Conservation Act. I think I've found out why it's thought to be rare. People have been looking for it in the rainforest, but its natural habitat seems to be houses. Other records in the street come from spare rooms and kitchens, but not the scrub.

8 comments:

tony said...

You got a nice pic of it.
thanks for sharing,

AYDIN Ă–RSTAN said...

It must be rare not to see one in a house.

Russell Constable said...

Nice find!The wet tropics has a habit of throwing this sort of curve ball....just to keep us on our toes!

Mosura said...

Nice skink. I found a rare one today as well (Glossy Grass Skink) but I had to walk a fair way to get to it. Good idea to train the wildlife to come to you.

Snail said...

This is a top spot for wildlife. I'm intrigued by what the Wet Season will bring. (Other than blocked gutters, that is.)

Dave Coulter said...

I know what you mean. There's a locally endangered bird that I have only seen near pretty poor quality ponds!

Anonymous said...

Your screens need cleaning ;-) W

Snail said...

Dave, the best bird-watching is often around sewage farms!

Whale, I'll put screen-cleaning on your 'to do' list for when you visit.