Taking a Shower

Skink 1

What’s the matter? Haven’t you seem someone take a shower before?

Skink 2

I was sitting under the trees trying to keep cool when I noticed something dark move at the far end of the pool.

At first I thought it was a leaf, but it seemed to move with more purpose than just drifting with the flow, so I went to investigate.

Skink 3

I found little Spunky the Skink, clinging onto the spare hose, with his body under the trickle of water entering the pool.
I could see he had his nose out of the water so could breathe, but it seemed very odd behaviour for a cold blooded reptile to want to be in the freezing cold pool water!

Skink 4

I got my husband to come and have a look and he ‘rescued’ the little skink with the pool net. I’m pretty sure he’s a Cape Skink, trachylepis capensis,Β endemic to Southern Africa.

Skink 5

We left him on the stoep to dry out in the sun

Skink 6

He stayed very still for a while then suddenly disappeared.

I’m still not entirely sure he wanted to be rescued. He looked very happy taking his shower!


post script: If you’re wondering what all that mess is with the pipes in the pool: the water level is so low (we are not allowed to fill up our pools with the ongoing drought) that the inlet pipe that the skink was ‘bathing’ under and the outlet pipe that takes water out of the pool to be filtered before returning to the pool, are both way above the level of the water. To prevent the pump sucking air and to keep the filtration system working, my husband rigged up a makeshift solution with an extra pipe and lagging, and a plank to help keep the pipe in place.

There’s a lovely Afrikaans expression: ‘N Boer maak ‘n plan; which literally means a farmer makes a plan. ie you have to be resourceful and fix things up yourself.



38 thoughts on “Taking a Shower

    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ™‚
      So far a notable Lack of rain this March, tho the ‘powers that be’ have decided Day Zero will be next year now. I don’t understand why, as the augmentation plans are not up and running yet and no-one can predict our rainfall for June/July! Severe water restrictions continue, but I fear many will stop bothering now they’ve been told Day Zero is postponed!

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  1. taphian

    the little animal surely enjoyed taking a bath in your swimming pool. It’s raining here – all day long. Wish I could send you some water πŸ™‚ regards Mitza

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  2. pensitivity101

    Cute. We have newts and sand lizards here in the UK. We also have slow worms, but they are neither worms nor snakes as they are actually legless lizards. Sis and I use to have some as kids but could never get them to breed.

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      1. pensitivity101

        My grandfather converted an old bird aviary into a reptile house for us by turning it open side upwards and reinforcing the inside so that we could have a little pond and foliage for them to hide in. We ended up letting them go as we thought it cruel, especially as we didn’t really know what we were doing.

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  3. Ady

    Very resourceful of your husband πŸ˜€ I guess you will see a lot variety of bathers in next many weeks. It seems like it’s too hot even for cold blooded animals!

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  4. Garfield Hug

    First time learning about a Skink and what it looks like! I think the poor fella might have fallen in or decided to cool off. I hope you ger more 🌨🌧🌨🌧Good thing your hubby is handy to fix these things. Else to get a plumber or pool contractor in, it will cost you. Thanks for showing me what a Skink is.πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you GH πŸ™‚ I do like the little skink – he is quite friendly and lives around the plant pots and LM’s water bowls on the stoep. πŸ˜€
      Yes, it is costly to call in the pool guys to come fix your pump during the drought!


      1. Garfield Hug

        I am & I have said this many many times but will still say it…you have a wonderful garden with so much life and excitement…flora and fauna..including reptiles now😊

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