Lampropholis delicata Delicate Garden Skink
Also known as:
Plague Skink, Rainbow Skink, Metallic Skink, Dark-flecked Garden Sunskink
Manuka State Park, Hawaii County, HawaiiNovember 20, 2000
Delicate Garden Skink (Lampropholis delicata) Delicate Garden Skink (Lampropholis delicata)
These tiny Australian skinks have taken to the rocky a'a lava of Manuka State Park the way most mainlanders take to the Hawaiian beaches. We saw dozens in an hour or so of fast-paced hiking. I would have gotten better pictures but (1) the little skinks had no intention of staying visible for more than a few seconds at a time, and (2) my wife and friends had no intention of waiting for me to obtain the perfect shot while they were getting eaten alive by the Manuka State Park mosquitos, which are even more plentiful than the skinks.
Kilauea Iki, Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii County, HawaiiNovember 23, 2000
Delicate Garden Skink (Lampropholis delicata)
This little basking fellow was near the bottom of the spectacular Kilauea Iki caldera. We saw a few more in the Kau Desert, and a few more off the delightfully named Pu'uhuluhulu Trail, and a couple down on a rocky beach near the northern tip of the island. Though maybe those last ones were really Cryptoblepharus poecilopleurus, which is what I thought this one was initially. (Thanks to @rmscreen on iNaturalist for straightening me out.)
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