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Posted by oldherper on April 28, 2003 at 10:23:35:
In Reply to: Tiny snakes in Mobile AL posted by major-phobia on April 28, 2003 at 09:09:59:
I doubt they were really snakes. Most likely they were skinks, specifically Ground Skinks (Scincella laterale). These are small terrestrial lizards with very small legs. They are usually slick and shiny in appearance and can move very quickly. They are completely harmless. There are several other species of skinks which occur in Mobile County, but ground skinks are by far the most common. All are harmless to humans, but can cause problems for domestic cats if eaten.
:I was cleaning out a flower bed yesterday when I saw several small snakes. (I think!) Possibly somekind of newt, which as far as I am concerned is a snake with legs. The flower bed was full of dead leaves and pine stuff. They blended with the leaves/pine very well, brownish gray, black line down the sides. Less than 6 in long. I thought the head looked triangular. I saw at least 4, so I am worried about some kind of nest. I didn't stick around long enough to inspect them closely.
:Need to know if I should worry. This was just a couple of feet from my kids sandbox. My name says it all -