The other night, Mr. S decided to figure out a way to catch the elusive skink that’s been evading him for weeks.
After doing a bunch of research online on how to safely trap them, he found a nice DIY solution that would work with what we had on hand.
The basic idea: find a plastic bottle that has a tapered spout (i.e. 2-liter soda bottle or larger water bottle), cut the spout off, invert it and set it back into the bottle, then tape the two pieces together. This provides an easy way in, and a difficult way out. You then set some bait in the bottle, place it strategically in a lizard zone, and wait.
He decided to use a few pieces of baked sweet potato as bait, and set the trap in the evening after dinner. The next morning after the sun was up, we both went to check the trap and found the bottle, still sitting snugly in its location, with a nice hole in the bottom!
He was disappointed, but amazed.
Given the type of bottle and size of the hole, and given that it didn’t look like it had been moved at all, his guess was that something got in, and chewed its way out (rather than vice versa). Either way, something had a nice snack.
His next iteration is to create an in-ground trap, where the critters, hopefully the skink, would fall in and get stuck.