Every time I come across a lizard, a snake, or a beautiful bird it tends to stop me in my tracks and makes me smile. The encounters are often brief. There's no hi-definition slow motion or David Attenborough voice-over but it always feels like a little gift from the universe. Sometimes I'll laugh out loud, excited and amused as if I'm seeing it for the very first time. Where I grew up lizards and snakes existed in pet shops or on TV. So to see these animals in their natural environment is always a treat, even if they are fleeting encounters. This is another Metallic Snake-eyed skink (Cryptoblepharus metallicus), about 7-8cm long.