…and they’re hiding in the compost pile. So be cautious when turning.
A well constructed compost pile can be an excellently warm spot to hide for heat-seeking fall lizards. This poor uncovered guy (it’s a five-lined skink, genus Eumeces, and we’re stopping there) had to warm up on a rock for over an hour before looking for a new hiding spot. But he seemed fine despite his exposure, if a bit sluggish.