A blasphemous statement to make, I know. It's true though.
Not everything is bigger in Texas.
Take this little dude for instance.
Tiny snake, you say?
He and his kind are often mistaken for snakes. He is a Ground skink.
They don't get any bigger than this one. They are, however, amazing critters to have in your garden. The are voracious eaters of snails, crickets, earwigs, aphids and all other garden pests. All they need to make a home is some loose dirt and leaf litter.
After mating, the female will lay eggs once a month from April to August. Then she's on her merry way.
The reason they are often mistaken for snakes is shown in this picture. When they are in a loose soil/leafy area, they lay their front legs back and just squiggle away. With legs tucked in, they look like a snake.
This poor boy forgot he was on concrete when he was put down. He just wanted to get back home. Pearl had rescued him before hitting him with the lawn mower.
She is the photographer in these photos as well.