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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
A closer view of the eggs
A closer view of the eggs
First hatchling
First "hatchling"
Free at last!
Free at last!
Hatchling two
Hatchling two
Struggling to push out
Struggling to push out
Two legs out!
Two legs out!
Further progress
Further progress
Almost out
Almost out
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
Another rest!
Another rest!
Further exploration
Further exploration
Back to habitat
Back to habitat