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a few garden snippets

I see this little lizard around from time to time. In winter it hibernates in my study in between sheets of paper. During warm weather I glimpse it round the compost and other spots in the garden. The other night it dropped around to check out how I was doing.
I thought it was a common garden skink or pale-flecked garden sunskink (Lampropholis guichenoti), a species only found in Australia. In commenting on this post Serena Bates kindly corrected me. "Generally skinks have claws but geckos have little suckers on their feet so they can climb vertical surfaces including glass. This is something skinks can't do." 
Now I think this is likely a Marbled Gecko (Christinus marmoratus), a gecko species sometimes kept as pets. It's not an albino. I took the photo through the window at night and this was the result. I guess it would have been better to take it from outside in, but by then it would have scarpered.
Skinks and geckos are great to have around because they're cu…

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