The skinks are doing fine! They have learned to hunt and hide. They come out a lot to bask on the rock on the warm side of the tank. None of them have dropped their tails yet and none of them have gotten hurt. We did have to release most of them because it was getting crowded and the bigger ones were starting to get a little nippy with the others over food. Out of the 11 skinks we let 7 of them go close to where we found them. Luckily there is a lot of water, bugs, and shelter for them so they will be okay. One of them even came back and started living in our garage :) We kept the sweetest 4 out of the bunch to watch grow a little longer. I watch them bask and climb the plants everyday. So I’m glad to report that they are doing well!
Are they blue tailed skinks? Yes and no.
I actually had a few people ( @craigsdicks, @ionlylooklikeahipster, @blueelectricangels ) tell me that these are actually five-lined skinks, not blue tailed skinks. I found out that five-lined skinks are a genus of the blue tailed skink and are more plentiful in North America. Blue tailed skinks are found on Christmas Island in Australia. So people (like me) tend to get the two confused when trying to identify them because the baby five-lines look like the blue tails. Turns out that the five-lined skinks will lose their blue color as they grow older and turn more brown with orange.
Thank you for telling me this! I really appreciate your concern for them. One of the people mentioned earlier brought this up as well.
While I live in America, I wanted to share this anyway because I think it is important and this person worded it better than I could. These cute little guys are at risk in Canada, so if you see one in the wild leave it be. If you see one out of the wild contact your local wildlife rescue.
(Side note on this particular reblog, reptiles are pretty cool. And if you are a person who thinks they are icky, that’s no reason to destroy the eggs. You would be personally killing babies who haven’t even had a chance, and depending on what stage the eggs are in, they definitely are aware and moving. With the eggs I took in, they would react to being picked up or having light shone through the egg by wiggling. So if you come across eggs of a wild animal you don’t absolutely love, don’t be a jerk. They have as much right to live as you do.)
Yellow-eyed penguins make shallow, bowl-shaped nests of twigs, leaves, and grass and lay up to two eggs in them in early autumn. The eggs take from 39 to 51 days to hatch, which is the most variable hatch time of any penguin. Both parents take turns incubating the eggs, and later brooding the chicks, while the other goes out to sea to feed and bring home food for the young. Come February, the chicks will be completely independent.