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Caddie to the rescue! – A Skink’s story

June 25, 2009

Chers Amis,

skinkAs I’ve mentioned before, this is the summer of the house – deconstruction & reconstruction. The biggest project is our beloved back deck which will be repaired, cleaned, restained, and repainted. This morning the deck contractor arrived to rip up half of the deck which was badly rotten due to water and ant damage.  As they tore up the cedar baseboard flashing between the lower and higher levels of the deck, Caddie saw a flash of movement.  It was a female five-lined skink running from the  workman.  A minute later,  nine leathery oval eggs rolled out from the cavity in between the boards. Mama skink was still hiding a bit further up the plank where the wood had not been removed.  The workman were puzzled and didn’t know what to do.

I grabbed  Pippin’s small plastic Darth Vader cereal bowl and Caddie carefIMG_1747ully picked the eggs up and placed them in the kitchen.  We explained (as best we could – neither of us speaks Spanish) that we would like to try to resettle the skink if possible. So, Caddie sat, eyes glued on the work, watching through the French doors that lead out to the deck as they pulled up plank after plank.  We thought that they had decided not to remove anymore of the baseboard, but aft er 10 mins or so, one of the men motioned to Caddie to come out on the deck.  He started ripping up the flashing where we thought the mama skink was hiding.  As the board peeled away, Caddie and the gentleman could see her.  He blocked her escape with his prying tool while Caddie reached into the gap and deftly lifted her to safety.

After a few pictures, the girls took the mother and the eggs to our front port area and crawled underneath it to find them a new home.  There was an old board with a small hollow beneath it, so they dug it up a bit more to make it larger for the eggs.  Then they gently poured the eggs into the hollow and placed the mother IMG_1748with them. Then they replaced the ‘ceiling’ board and stepped back.  The mother did not try to flee, but stayed with the eggs. We hope that it was a successful rescue mission.  Caddie and Scarlett were well pleased and I doubt that the workman will forget the ‘lizard girls’!

–Marjorie

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 6, 2009 9:38 am

    Those eggs look like our chickens’ brown eggs. How big are they?

  2. July 6, 2009 10:20 am

    Vicki, They were slightly larger than 1 cm in length. Perhaps 1.3 cm. They were smooth and leathery not hard. Caddie was beside herself with joy and the carpenters, bemused!

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