One spring morning when our family was walking home from the neighborhood park, I did a double take as we approached a tree snag in the woodland that borders our yard. There, hanging out, was a reptile we’d not seen before. After admiring it for a spell, we popped inside the house to grab a camera and search the field guide for an ID. We learned it was a broad-headed skink. Because it lingered for some time, I pointed it out to other passers-by. This made my husband laugh, for I was so excited. But sharing nature’s wonders is part of the fun of discovering them—don’t you think?
Kelly is an editor at National Wildlife magazine and gardens in northern Virginia.
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