Southern Coal Skinks Mating

By | May 7, 2020

I spotted these two Southern Coal Skinks mating near one of my storage buildings (Ouachita Mountains – Arkansas). I believe this is my first time photographing a mating pair of Skinks or Lizards.

Notice that the male has a tick near the front leg.

Mating Southern Coal Skinks
Mating Southern Coal Skinks

The Coal Skink mates in spring or early summer, laying a clutch of 8 or 9 eggs. I also read that the sides of the head of the male are reddish during spring breeding season.

How I Got The Shot – Southern Coal Skinks Mating

I was hand-holding a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with a Canon EF100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens attached.

This took place  on May 7, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f8
  • ISO 640
  • Shutter speed – 1/800 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  •  Exposure Compensation – 0 EV
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 400 mm