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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!

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MegL wrote on April 27, 2015, 8:09 AM

I see they are a type of lizard that would be useful in the garden, eating all those garden pests, although some of them might gobble up earthworms too!

HappyLady wrote on April 27, 2015, 8:33 AM

Oh my goodness, my skin is crawling. You say they are ever where? It has been bad enough worrying about the Black Widow spiders on the estate where my daughter lives. I googled them out of interest and it seems they are really lizards, which to me is bad enough. They move like snakes and have no necks and that is enough for me. Skinks, in my book, stink.

rosepetal wrote on April 27, 2015, 11:53 AM

I believe I would probably have a heart attack if I saw one of those things in my garden.

Kasman wrote on April 27, 2015, 3:48 PM

We don't have skinks in the UK but we do have the slow worm (although it is rare). Basically, it's a lizard with no legs and looks very like a snake - which is basically a lizard with no legs!

Gossamer wrote on April 27, 2015, 5:18 PM

I quite like lizards, though obviously not Komodo dragons nor Gila monsters. But skinks, geckos, goannas, bluetongues, frillnecks - yep, bring em on!

RonElFran wrote on April 28, 2015, 11:53 AM

You know, I've heard the word "skink" but never knew anything about the animal. They must not be common in the US Northeast - I've never heard anyone here mention them at all.

LeaPea2417 wrote on April 30, 2015, 10:45 AM

Those are scary looking, as I have a true distinct fear of snakes.