August 10

Skinks

If you live in Atlanta, you have seen a five-lined skink. They are easily identified by their blue tails. Juvenile skinks have especially bright blue tails and one visited me today. These lizards are harmless. They are often found near deciduous forests and prefer moist areas. Skinks are excellent climbers and move quickly to escape danger. Like other lizards, their tail can break off if seized by a predator, but will regenerate in time. Skinks are most active on warm sunny days and prey on insects. They are often mistaken for snakes because of their short legs.

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August 10

New Frogs

For years I posted photos of my White’s tree frogs on my blog. I left my frogs in the care of the new lab teacher, but I have discovered tree frogs that live around my deck at home. These common gray amphibians are found in a variety of woodland habitats. They generally spend the day hiding in secluded areas and emerge at night to feed on insects and small invertebrates. Be cautious handling these frogs because they secrete a toxic substance that can irritate your skin.

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