I don’t know about skinks per se, but having lived for decades in places like Micronesia, Indonesia, and Hawai’i, I’m quite used to sharing living space with geckos. If your place is overrun with them, they can be an annoyance, as you’ll find droppings and eggs, neither of which are particularly pleasant to clean up.
The occasional critter is nothing to worry about however. And if you have cats, that’s the most you’ll ever see. I’ve got 3 and haven’t seen a lizard in the house in ages, despite living in the land of geckos, anoles, and of late even Jackson chameleons.
Yeah, they’ll do that. For future reference (and for the benefit of other readers) the “cup and index card” (or similar thin, stiff object ***) is the easiest way to catch/release small wildlife like lizards, tarantulas, geckos etc.
*** HA! There’s a “that’s what she said” joke in there somewhere, but I’m far too classy of a lady to say it.
My house was overrun with the damn things. Caught the ones in the bedroom with the cup and release method. The one in the dining room was taken care of by my cat. I took a pressure washer to the one hiding in the drain in the bathroom. But at the end of the day, there was one I just couldn’t get rid of and I had to accept that it was impossible.
Just accept the fact you’ll find a desiccated skink corpse someday. I occasionally get anoles in the house. I try to catch them to release them outside, but what can you do when they get under the furniture?
I know they are not dangerous, but it’s quite startling to have one dart out from under the furniture when you’re not expecting it. Been here, mid Missouri, for 18 years and this is the first one in the house, that we’ve seen anyway.
I’ll have to find an appropriate container to use the next time if it occurs.
They’re harmless, of course. The thing about cats and lizards is, they catch and eat them. And shortly afterwards they puke up the half-digested remains (possibly lizards are somewhat toxic to cats). This is messy for the house and probably bad for the cats.
Best to try to seal up possible entry points?
I doubt it would work on a skink, though. Too much heft. I had the experience of escorting a skink out of my house recently and a food container with lid to gently move him where I wanted him into the container worked great.