Saturday, 24 September 2016

White's Skink (Liopholis whitii) Catches Slater

With spring warming up, the reptiles in the backyard are becoming more active.   I've recorded 8 species in the backyard over the last 10 years; 6 lizards and 2 snakes. The lizard below is known as  White's Skink (Liopholis whitii)

White's Skink lives in a network of  burrows between rocks or fallen timber. It grows to around 90mm head to vent so at least double that if you include the tail. They live in family groups. They are said to be an ambush predator although I have seen them stalk their prey over short distances.

White's Skink lurking among the rocks.

In the video below, I was fortunate in capturing the moment this lizard caught and ate a slater (also known as a woodlouse, pill bug, roly-poly and many other names). You will notice that after killing the slater it drops it and then after a little while proceeds to eat it. I thought the lizard had accidentally  dropped the slater. However, the next day I filmed another White's skink and it did exactly the same thing, kill, drop, wait, and then eat. Now I'm wondering if they are actually making sure it is dead before eating it. Any thoughts?






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15 comments:

  1. Excellent film of the Lizard.

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  2. Hello, the white skink is a neat lizard. Great photo and video. Thank you for linking up and sharing your critters. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thanks! Linking up is always fun.

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  3. Wonderful video of the lizard.
    Perfectly done, my compliments
    Best regards, Irma

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    1. Thanks Irma for the compliment.

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  4. Making sure it's dead, or maybe making sure the lizard didn't expose itself to some lizard predator in the process?
    ~

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    1. Thanks ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©. I once seen a captive lizard eat a cricket which then proceeded to eat its way out of the lizard so making sure it is dead would be a wise precaution.

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  5. We occasionally see lizards in dryer spots in our Coastal British Columbia home. We just found an alligator lizard sunning on a sandy beach.

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  6. Thanks Powell River Books. I had to look up Alligator lizards. Some of them do look like little Alligators :-)

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  7. what a cool looking lizard. i enjoyed the video, it is an interesting critter, looking and crawling much like a mini alligator!!

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    1. Thanks Debbie - I see them like little dinosaurs :-)

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  8. he's really beautiful. we get little copper-colored texas skinks here, as well as 5-lined (blue-tailed) ones. nice!

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  9. Thanks TexWisGirl - We have one called the Three-lined skink.

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  10. We live in Florida in the Winter and Spring and there we see many lizards and skinks. But I find it hard to get pictures of them. Yours are very good!

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