Skinks and Lizards and Guests, Oh, My!

This is a post about my encounter with the North Carolina Five-lined Blue-tailed Skink. In contrast to its appearance, they’re harmless and non-venomous. Who knew?

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Basically, it’s kind of like a snakey-looking lizard that grows between 4.9 and 8.5″.

Incidentally, I’m from Florida, and we have lizards. But, they’re nothing like these slimy-looking suckas. (By the way, that’s the New York in me coming out. Lol.)

Barbara, why are you so interested in skinks?

Well, let me tell you what happened.

One day, after Roxie finished eating, I was soaking her dishes in the sink. After a while, I went into the kitchen to clean them up. When I saw the water in the doggie bowl swishing around, I did a double-take. So, I leaned in to look a little closer and discovered what appeared to be two small reptiles doing the Mambo in my sink. What the heck are they doing there?

To be sure, I’m not the kind of girl who picks up lizards of any sort. So, I immediately called my daughter. She’d know what to do. Nevertheless, there was no answer. Too busy for your mama, even in a Lizzie emergency?

Oh, what to do, what to do?

I decided to make sure they couldn’t escape. Having them in the kitchen sink wasn’t ideal, but at least I knew where they were.

Trap the skink or lizard under a towel in the kitchen.
Trapped by a bathroom towel. Notice the heavy objects holding it down. I wanted to make sure the skinks couldn’t push it aside. Not crazy!

Just then, I noticed a truck in front of my house. As fate would have it, I was getting a delivery from UPS. As soon as I saw the driver, I ran down the driveway to meet him. Then, in a very calm manner (not!), I asked him if he’d get the lizards out of my kitchen.

He looked puzzled and said, “I’m afraid of them, but, okay I’ll do it.

Ask for help to get rid of skinks and lizards.
Asking for help is a sign of strength.

My hero walked into the kitchen, removed the towel, and asked for a bag. After I handed him a grocery bag, he simply emptied the bowl into the bag, tied a knot in it, and put an end to my hysteria. As he walked out, he told me he was going to relocate the lizards. A minute later, it was over.

How great was that?

Since that happened, I’ve learned a few things about the North Carolina Five-lined Blue-tailed Skink. I’d like to share.

Not wanting to be ignorant, I did a little research on my visitors. To tell the truth, I wanted to figure out how to get rid of them. In short, this is what I found:

  • They hate to be squirted with cold water. Great. I got a squirt-bottle, filled it with water, and put it in the refrigerator. Ready in a moment’s notice to chase those guys away from my door.
  • Here’s my favorite remedy. Lizards fear peacocks, ’cause peacocks think lizards are yummy. Therefore, it stands to reason that if you have peacock feathers in your house, there just may be a peacock there, too. As a result, no lizard is gonna visit your place. It’s brilliant!

Here’s a “Peacock Dance Display” that I couldn’t resist. You really have to click on that link – it’s pretty awesome!

Skinks and lizards fear peacocks. Leave feathers around to scare them away.
That’s one scary peacock feather!

Update: As I was getting ready to publish this post, I found these two skinks getting cozy on the patio. Somehow I missed them with the squirt bottle. Not only that, but I’m out of peacock feathers.

However, I think I’ll play the Peacock Dance Display video over some speakers. That oughtta do the job!

For more interesting facts about our skinks, read this post from, “Lizards may be protecting people from Lyme disease in the southeastern United States“.

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  1. Hahaha… Oh Barbara; we have lots and lots of skinks in Oz. I luv them!
    I don’t want them ‘inside’; they belong outside; for sure. And I’m not sure that I would handle having them inside either. I would definitely holler for help!

    This post gave me such a laugh… hahah..
    Hope you’re doing well – apart from the skink thingy! 🙂

    • Hey, Carolyn, I’m happy to have amused you! I can’t say I love skinks, but it was interesting learning about them. They’ve been going at it on my back patio. It appears to be a very busy mating season. Lol Otherwise, all is well. I hope you’re doing fine, too.

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