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Observing Wild Skinks In PA

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Posted by: oldtime at Sun Aug 11 17:16:59 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by oldtime ]  
   

I live in the Poconos on some very dry, rocky terrain. The area is replete with box turtles, garter and milk snakes and wood turtles. Occasionally I see salamanders on our property but it’s a rare occasion. I am absolutely fascinated by lizards particularly skinks but I never see any here. 18 miles away, however, I discovered a rock wall by a small business just crawling with five-lined skinks. The area seems pretty similar to my home grounds except for a nearby stream. I don’t think running water is a big habitat requirement for these reptiles, is it? What I’m puzzled about is how 18 mile could make so much of a difference for a land species. Could it be the elevation? Is there a way to attract them to my back yard? I was wondering if building a small rock wall of similar design might help. Yes, I’m serious and I apologize if this is a foolish notion. Any ideas or thoughts would be appreciated.


   

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