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Posted by PaleHorse67 on August 13, 2002 at 22:39:39:
I live in North Texas and frequently find the same type of lizard in my yard, I usually notice them when mowing or weeding. They look like a skink to me, but thought I'd ask the experts since I'm not sure if skinks are native to N. TX.
Today I saw two, one about 6 inches long and the other about 3 inches. They are a greyish bronze color and some of them have a blue stripe running down each side on their back/upper sides. Their scales are extremely smooth and they are shiney.
I decided to catch one today to get a closer look and show my daughter (didn't intend to keep him, figure they're helping control the bugs around here). I tried to catch the smaller one and thought I had him, could feel him in my hand, but....when I opened my hand I had only a wriggling tail and no creature... Guess I freaked him out & he split (literally).
Anyhow, any opinions would be appreciated. I'm just curious as I would like to catch one (a whole one) someday and give my daughter accurate info when I do.