Cryptoblepharus burdeni — Burden’s Snake-eyed Skink
These remarkable little skinks live on the rocks in the tide pools, amongst the crabs and rock-hopping fish. They dash about looking for tiny edibles and avoiding the waves and the cameras by zipping into crevices in the rocks. This one didn't entirely avoid my camera, however.
Here are a couple that actually stayed in one place out in the open long enough for me to focus and shoot. They're called "snake-eyed" because like snakes but unlike most lizards, they do not have a movable eyelid.
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