Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Texas, United States
Posted May 05, 2014
With three kids and a rural environment, we never lack for interesting finds from the animal kingdom. The most exotic creature our kids ever brought home looked like a hognose snake with toothpick legs. It was probably a foot long, much more mature and sturdy than the little skinks and lizards we normally find. We looked it up and discovered it was called a Red-Headed Skink. We set it up in a 10 gallon tank with soil, rocks and grasses, and caught grasshoppers and crickets for it every day for two weeks.
For some reason I don't remember, one day it was outside in a tall box, sitting on top of the car while the kids played in the yard. A freak rainstorm crashed overhead and everyone ran for shelter. When we came out half an hour later, the skink had escaped.
We were sad to see the skink go, but glad we had been able to observe this curious creature so closely, and then know he had returned to his native habitat in healthy condition.