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Birth of a Lizard Photos

This set of photos is a chronological visual account of the hatching of several juvenile five-lined skinks (Eumeces fasciatus)over a two hour period. In the first few photos, the female is tending her hatching eggs and the later photos depict two skinks emerging from their eggs. The eggs are about 3/8" in length and have a leathery texture. The hatchlings are about 1.3" in length. Please view the photos at the original size for best results.
Five-lined Skink
Five-lined Skink
u35%2flejun%2fsmall%2f31773268.sk1.jpg u35%2flejun%2fsmall%2f31773270.sk3.jpg u35%2flejun%2fsmall%2f31773272.sk5.jpg A closer view of the eggs
A closer view of the eggs
First hatchling
First "hatchling"
u35%2flejun%2fsmall%2f31773284.sk17.jpg u35%2flejun%2fsmall%2f31773286.sk19hatchbest.jpg Free at last!
Free at last!
Hatchling two
Hatchling two
Struggling to push out
Struggling to push out
u35%2flejun%2fsmall%2f31774741.sk31.jpg Two legs out!
Two legs out!
Further progress
Further progress
u35%2flejun%2fsmall%2f31774744.sk34.jpg
Almost out
Almost out
u35%2flejun%2fsmall%2f31774749.sk39.jpg Free at last!
Free at last!
Looking around a bit
Looking around a bit
Time for a rest!
Time for a rest!
Five-lined Skink
Five-lined Skink
Successful jump on me
Successful jump on me
u35%2flejun%2fsmall%2f31773287.sk21pants.jpg Another rest!
Another rest!
Further exploration
Further exploration
u35%2flejun%2fsmall%2f31774735.sk26bestfinger.jpg u35%2flejun%2fsmall%2f31774736.sk27bestfrontal.jpg Back to habitat
Back to habitat