SKINK: Another Lizard Photographed in Hyderabad Telangana
Some time back I wrote about the lizards that I have photographed in and around Hyderabad, especially in Mrugavani National Park, that is on the way to Chilkur Balaji Temple.
Today I was there again with my daughters and their cousin who is visiting us during holidays. Now, most people are very sure about their reaction towards lizards, it is a very loud “ YUCK”, but not our elder one, she wanted to see the action a bit closely. So I took her to the rock patch were a lot of lizards live.
This time we spotted a new one a Skink, though they are broadly classified as lizards they are slightly different
- Limbs are short
- Almost zero neck
In some species of skinks, limbs are completely absent and they resemble snakes in looks as well as movement. Could that be the connection in the process of evolution? We saw this couple that was basking in sun after showers and every few minutes will unleash their tongue to gorge on some clueless insect. The poor insects, even before he could understand what happened to them, the gastric juices of the skink must have started working on them. But that is nature, beautiful yet ruthless, somebody has to die for somebody to live.
This takes my tally of lizards that I have photographed in Hyderabad to 5, though I am yet to click a good picture of a common Chameleon ( Chamaeleo zeylanicus ). Let us see how many more I can photograph in the coming days. Unfortunately, I only had my kit lens and the skinks were not very keen on a career of modeling, so the pics are not very good. Let us see if I can click better pictures, next time I spot them, with a bigger lens.
Here is the earlier post with more species of Lizards found in South India I am not sure of the exact species of this particular skink if you know it please mention in the comments.
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