Friday, November 13, 2009

Mottled Snake-Eyed Skink

The mottled snake-eyed skink, also known as the oceanic snake-eyed skink, is found on various islands, including Western Samoa, French Polynesia, Easter Islands, Society Islands, Solomon Islands, Gilbert Islands and the Hawaiian Islands. The ones I found were on Goat Island, off the island of Oahu, near Laie. They were climbing on trees and roots about 20 feet from the ocean on the edge of a beach. There were several of them and they were chasing each other.

I have not been able to find much information about them, other than to identify them, by picture and location.
They get their common name from the lack of movable eyelids.

We saw these skinks while visiting my parents in Hawaii in the fall of 1993.

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