Lampropholis delicata Plague Skink
Some other names for this species:
Rainbow Skink, Metallic Skink, Dark-flecked Garden Sunskink
Manuka State Park, Hawaii County, HawaiiNovember 20, 2000
Plague Skink (Lampropholis delicata) Plague 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.
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