As I was writing the previous post, there was a cool looking lizard with a red head lounging on the patio. I am new to northeast Florida and hadn’t seen this variety before. He scooted away when a small bird landed nearby.
Quick bit of research indicates this was a male broad-headed skink. Apparently this is the same fellow I sought to identify the other day, except now he’s got a big red head. I gather this is a springtime thing.
I didn’t take photos, but the first photo below is what I just saw and the second photo is more like what he looked like a short while ago.
Update: Now he’s back and he’s found a mate. They are getting busy as I type this. She is much smaller and her head is not so red. Here’s a picture. They lounged about in the sun afterwards for quite a while before wandering off. Part of the time, they were snuggled up against one another.