It was so hot Friday, and the pools here feel like a bath tub, so we loaded up the car and headed to Wekiva Springs. After a good swim we decided to take the board walk, where Lily found this Broad Headed Skink. Wonderful creatures, and the sun really brings out his glossy skin and that orange head. It's so hot outside I picture my head about the same color as his.
There were also a lot of damsel flies, 5 lined skinks and even a narrow mouth toad.
Wekiva is not just the springs however and there are a lot of trails here. The mosquitos can be a bit much on the low land trails so we took a ride out to the scrubs. There were a lot of gopher tortoises on the way, and we walked a small section of trail towards the end that takes you around Sand Lake.
Sand Lake was beautiful, but my two dorks are air condition junkies. I remember at the their age, my mother had to beg or threaten us to come inside during the summer. Mine enjoy the out doors but from the comfort of cool spring water. They thought the scrubs were boring, and were not as interested in coming back to fish this lake, but you can be sure that I will.
In other news, we have separated the two geckos to give Dimples a break. She appeared to be gravid when we got her and sure enough, she laid 2 eggs on the 15th. I didn't have any vermiculite at the time so I have them in a deli cup with some sphagnum moss. I have done it this way with snake eggs once before, and only lost one of the eggs. I pulled them out today and examined them, both appear to be fertile, so fingers crossed. They are incubating in an area of the tank that holds a steady 83 degrees, so I am guessing at approximately 60 days before hatch, but I am not sure.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.