Chasing The Emerald Tree Skink


I was busy luxuriating in the natural beauty of the panoramic Mount Isarog in front of our house at Sagrada Familia, Pili, Camarines Sur, when I happened to see this “green” skink (Scientific Name: Lamprolepis smaragdina) coming out from the hollow of our tamarind tree. He told me he wanted to play by letting me chase him so I gave in.

Sometimes, all it takes is to devote a little time to discover the beauty and joy out of simple things the Aura up there created like the skink that I had ignored for quite sometime now. I’m glad I did! I really had fun chasing the skink.


“It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them” (Paulo Coelho).

For more information (e.g., how to get to the place, climate, major industries) about the town of Pili in Camarines Sur, visit this website: www.wowbicol.com.

PS: Sis’ Sony Digicam (Borrowed) & GE X5

20 Comments Add yours

  1. Ben says:

    Is Salamander the same as Gecko? If so, you can sell it at high price! Just kidding. I pity those gecko creatures. They’ll soon become extinct if this “Gecko” mania won’t stop.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Based on what I read, they’re different. A salamander is an amphibian while the gecko is a reptile. You may click the link below for more information about the two creatures:

      http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:AcGpaqCVL4UJ:www.ehow.com/how_2158569_tell-difference-between-salamander-lizard.html+is+salamnder+the+same+with+gecko&cd=2&hl=tl&ct=clnk&gl=ph&client=firefox-a

      I’d like you to know that I share the same sentiment towards the exploitation of these creatures, and I am also praying that the same be stopped anytime soon.

      Thanks, Ben, for dropping by!

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  2. aRVee says:

    Great pics and thanks for sharing. Now I know that a salamander is actually an amphibian and not a reptile.

    From the link you provided above I can see there are many species of them but I like the one on your post more.

    Your place looks cool… 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      The place is cool – literally and figuratively 🙂 That’s why I keep on coming back. I so love the place. It’s where I go when I need to recharge from the bustles of the urban life.

      Salamat din, Arvs, for the visit.

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      1. aRVee says:

        Yeah a nice place indeed to give alone time with oneself for the yeah – hassle and bustle of the city life…

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  3. ceceliafutch says:

    It’s amazing how one’s perception changes if s/he seeks to understand what was once disliked. I’ve had that experience, too. Great post expressing a beautiful truth.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      I couldn’t agree more, Cecil. I just had the experience … first hand!

      I appreciate your thoughts here. Thank you!

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  4. john tugano says:

    “tabili” ang tawag niyan sa amin Bro, hehehe..Ganda ng mga shots mo..
    Now you appreciate it. tama ka minsan they’re being overlook but if taken much heed..You’ll see the beauty of it..

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      “Antalagang” naman ang tawag sa amin. Sinubukan ko nga palang hawakan kaso mailap, kaya sinusundan-sundan ko na lang hanggang bumalik na siya sa lungga niya. Dios mabalos, bro!

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    2. aRVee says:

      i like the dialect term you brought up there, “tabili” din tawag namin dito…

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      1. Sony Fugaban says:

        It’s John’s language … Ours is “antalagang”.

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  5. cocomino says:

    Wow, it’s very precious animal.I learned a lot.Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      You’re welcome, Cocomino. Thanks as always!

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  6. Nath says:

    It’s not a salmander, It’s an Emerald tree skink! Scientific name: Lamprolepis smaragdina (philippinicus)

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      I did check on the info you gave, Nath, and I am happy with what I found out. You are, beyond question, correct! I appreciate your effort to correct me, so THANK YOU. And, for the comment too.

      p.s.

      This is really one of the priceless things I get from fellow bloggers. Thanks again, Nath. I owe you one! I will change my title after attending to the comments. That’s a promise!

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      1. Nath says:

        No problem. Happy to help. You might want to visit my blog for the latest Philippine science news.

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      2. Sony Fugaban says:

        I will, Nath, one of these days. Thank you again for enlightening me!

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  7. I used to chase one when I was a kid. don’t they bite? Thanks for sharing. Made me miss the simple beauty of th countryside.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      They don’t, my friend. In fact, they are sweet pets!

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