A couple of evenings ago, my wonderful husband saw something move in the pile of concrete pieces we have near the wild area. We watched for a little while and saw a large skink move between the pieces. Skinks eat bugs so we're fine with this tenant as long as he stays outside the house.
Sunday, I was walking across the patio and found the skink near the air conditioner. This is getting a little close to the house.
It looks to be the same skink we saw in the concrete pieces. He's (or she's) a fat skink. I hope that means it has been eating bad bugs in the garden.
This reminds me of what we had in our basement last summer...
We discovered some scat in our basement office last summer that was white on one end. The white part meant it was from a bird or a reptile. I immediately feared we had a snake in our basement. Critters are great in the garden but I don't like to share my house with them. For one thing, they're not toilet trained. Anyway, I was watching where I stepped and I was worried about it coming up into the main part of the house. After a quick Internet search about how to catch a snake in a house, we settled on glue traps. I made a trip to the store and came home with every glue trap they had. We placed them in the corners of the office and then my WH said we were going to move things away from by the walls and pickup all the stuff on the floor. I did not like that idea but he wanted to see if we could find the snake so we knew what we were dealing with. He reassured me that based on the size of the scat, it was small. I reluctantly agreed. We found more scat showing places it had "camped." After moving everything but the computer desk, we gave up and went to bed--way up on the top floor of our house. I checked the glue traps the next morning. Nothing. We went to work. I came home and cautiously went down into the basement office. I flipped on the light and looked at the glue trap behind the computer desk. Eeeek! We'd caught the snake! It had legs!! What? We had caught a small skinny skink. It was stuck on its back to the glue trap. I left it there until my WH got home. He carried the glue trap with the freaked out skink to a nearby creek area, sprayed the skink with cooking spray and we watched it free itself from the glue trap and run into the grass. We'd read that baby oil will work too. Sigh. Other than a few bugs and spiders that find their way into our basement, it couldn't have had much to eat in the week or so that it was in our basement. We think we carried that skink into our basement in a bundle of insulation we purchased for the bathroom remodel we were doing last summer. Be careful what you carry into your house!
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