Common Garden Skink



I love skinks, always have. This little fellow was in my bedroom today and ran into a shoe – else I wouldn’t have captured it. I managed to grab the Nokia on the way outside. He calmly posed before I let him go – without shedding his tail!

Wikipedia says they have sharp teeth – yikes – never knew that.

The pale-flecked garden sunskink or common garden skink (Lampropholis guichenoti) is a small common skink often seen in suburban gardens in Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane in Australia, but are common across most of Southern Australia and some of New South Wales. … Garden skinks feed on larger invertebrates, including crickets, moths, slaters, earthworms, flies, grubs and caterpillars, grasshoppers, cockroaches, earwigs, slugs, dandelions, small spiders, ladybeetles, ants and many other small insects, which makes them a very helpful animal around the garden. They can also feed on fruit and vegetables, but the vegetables have to be cooked for the skink to be able to eat it. …


30 thoughts on “Common Garden Skink

  1. Hi Christine, it’s cute, I’ve never seen one. Looking at the side now, I see you are going to publish a novel, wow! It’s so good, can I know what is about? Fantasy can go many ways.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Actually I grew up calling these skinks a gecko. 🙂

      Funny you should ask about my novel, Elizabeth. Today I’ve been working on my ’15 word descriptive sentence’ as per The Snowflake Method. But I haven’t really come up with anything I’m happy with – something like ‘The inn-keeper’s daughter trades her freedom for a dragon, but decides she will have both.’

      I’m romancing with myself, hoping to publish before my 60th birthday, but it’s a gaol to aim at. 😀


  2. Sue says:

    Love seeing lizards in the garden, sadly becoming less & less as all the vacant land is being developed. My mother-in-law is scared of any lizard, says they are unlucky but the same woman will pick up things in the garden that are populated by red-back spiders without flinching.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Martha Kennedy says:

    He’s lovely. In California we had a skink who was bright blue — really beautiful. I saw two playing one day and couldn’t believe my eyes.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. We don’t have skinks in the UK – at least, not that I’ve heard of! I don’t think it’s hot enough here, for a start. He (?) certainly is cute, and you did a good job in catching him to photogragh. I’m fascinated by your Australian species.

    Liked by 1 person

    • If he hadn’t of gone in the shoe, I would have just guided him to the closest exit, Millie. I must take some photos at our golf course – there’s usually kangaroos lying about everywhere. I’m sure everyone would love to see that!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. I’m another fan of skinks — and lizards in general! When we lived in the Adelaide Hills we saw many large goannas of various kinds (mostly blue-tongues, but others as well). Here in Tassie we mostly have small lizards only — but I still love to watch them 🙂

    I’m really impressed that this skink rested so quietly in your palm — how do you do that?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ha! I’m surprised about that as you are. Perhaps he could tell he was too far above the ground to jump off. As soon as I lowered my hand, he was off. No posing for photos then! I see goannas in the forest around here now and then.


      • They’re gorgeous creatures! I come from WA and I used to spend my May holidays on a farm a few hundred miles north of Perth. We saw quite a few racehorse goannas there — I loved them! In the Adelaide Hills, my favourites were the frill-necked lizards — they looked so wonderful when they frilled their necks out to see off a threat!

        Liked by 1 person

  6. We had what we called lizards in Tasmania, and they also lost their tails when scared. I think they looked a little different to your skink. Haven’t seen one of these yet in our garden unfortunately. Well photographed Christine!

    Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.