My Thoughts on Skinks
First of all, "skink" is a funny word. But that's appropriate, because a skink is a funny creature. Skinks are basically snakes with feet, so we've already started down a certain road with that. In researching skinks, I found that they live pretty much all over the world, including here in the United States. The Five-Lined Skink, for example, lives in the Southeastern United States, in Georgia, Alabama and Florida.
I can easily imagine that somewhere in this great country of ours, probably in the Southeast, some well-intentioned fool decided it would be appropriate to name the local high school's team after the Five-Lined Skink, thus saddling them with the name of not only one of the least intimidating creatures to skitter about underfoot, but also with a name that rhymes so easily with "stinks" as to be completely irresistible to the visiting teams, which no doubt all have properly fierce names, like Bears and Wildcats. The Fightin' Skinks! Ha.
Goooooooo, Skinks! Slither to glory!
Above photo from Wikipedia is of a mole skink, also native to the US, and frankly possessed of an even more ridiculously unintimidating name than the five-lined skink. Take THAT, Wildcats!
Image Credit » en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Peninsula_Mole_Skink.jpg