What’s the matter? Haven’t you seem someone take a shower before?
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.
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!
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, endemic to Southern Africa.
We left him on the stoep to dry out in the sun
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.