I've been growing some tomatoes in a 5 gallon bucket. About 4 days ago, I found this skink sitting there in the dirt. enter image description here.

Since he's been there, he's been happily just burrowing around in the dirt and (probably) eating some bugs. He's totally welcome to stay as long as he wants, I think he's pretty neat. My concern is, I read skinks aren't that great at climbing, unlike geckos. If he wanted to leave the bucket, would he be able to? Or do I need to catch him and set him free?

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    for the ones wondering this is on topic here,people do keep them as pets. Commented Apr 20, 2019 at 19:01
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    Be aware that lizards (including skinks) can carry salmonella, botulism, and other viruses. For that reason, it might be best to help him get out well before your tomato plant starts producing.
    – Caleb
    Commented Apr 21, 2019 at 5:44
  • He doesn't look happy to me. A happy skink hides when people are around, and your picture shows nowhere for him to do so.
    – Calimo
    Commented Apr 21, 2019 at 8:56

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I think it needs some help getting out of there,maybe you can put some thing in there for it to climb on.

They do an important job eating bugs and snails protecting your tomato plant(s).

Try not to use any pestecides where it lives.

It is best if you try to avoid catching him it can have a negative effect on him some of them are known to drop their tail if they get scared.I do not know the exact type you have there https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skink


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