Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Wildlife Photo: Ryukyu Short-legged Skink from Ikei Island
This photo of a Ryukyu Short-legged Skink (Ateuchosarus pellopleurus) was taken April 10, 2012.
It's been over two months since the day I captured the shot of the critter on Ikei Island.
That happens to be one of Okinawa's outlying islands that you can get to by car.
Getting a picture of a lizard running around in the wild is one thing; that's the fun part.
Trying to find a common and scientific name for the critter is something else.
Some of the wildlife photos I manage to capture are critters seen only on the Ryukyu Islands.
There aren't many reliable, English-language sites to go to for the research.
Being 99% certain that the above photo is a Ryukyu Short-legged Skink,
that's what I'm naming this guy, for now. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Source: LIZARDS OF JAPAN