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skink

[skiŋk]
(vertebrate zoology)
Any of numerous small- to medium-sized lizards comprising the family Scincidae with a cylindrical body; short, sometimes vestigial, legs; cores of bone in the body scales; and pleurodont dentition.
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We observed skinks every month from April to November, except in October when we were not at the study site.
The littoral skink, Etnoia atrocostata (Lesson 1830) is widely distributed in Oceania and occurs in southern parts of Taiwan (Ota 1998) the Philippines, parts of the Malay Peninsula, Caroline Islands, Indonesia, New Guinea, Cape York in northern Australia, Solomon Islands and Mariana Islands (Brown 1991).
At higher altitudes, however, erratic annual temperatures mean that the timing of birth may not affect reproduction rates, so the skinks rely on genes to produce a balanced sex ratio.
Since I had changed my attitude about skinks, I was not so lonely.
A RARE crocodile skink seized by customs at Heathrow Airport has given birth at Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire Oaks.
Thanks to their generous donations, we have enough not only to feed the skinks throughout the winter, but also to cultivate a new garden so we always have a ready supply.
It would be a stretch to say that blue tongue skinks are taking the reptile world by storm, but what Griffith calls "the blue-tongue bug" does appear to be spreading.
Skinks had one prior exposure to the individual from which the pheromone was derived.
The skinks or Scincidae, some of which are legless, are generally fast, soft-bodied and commonly seen around gardens.
Skinks run the gamut from small leg-less burrowers to Phoboscincus, the "terror skink," a formidable predator with a mouthful of long curved teeth.
Clear, simple text, matched with detailed illustrations, reveal the varied physical attributes, forms, of locomotion, habitat, diet, and life cycles of snakes, turtles, alligators, skinks, and lizards.
There was also a scattering of newts and ground skinks, zigzag and long-tailed salamanders, and numerous green cricket frogs.