Had two hives die out while I was on vacation. I had checked them a week prior to leaving and they were both healthy. When I got back to check on them, all bees were gone, no dead bees anywhere in or around the hives, no bee droppings on the outside of the hives like if they had nosema, opened the hives and there was a putrid smell that smelled like a snake if you've ever smelled your hands after handling a garter snake you know what I'm talking about, no beetles or beetle larva, no slime, but several wax moth larva and cocoons and the moth larva had already pretty well destroyed the comb, also in one of the hives there was a skink that had taken up residence. The hives both smelled like the skink. Here's what I'm thinking, the skink drove the bees out by taking up residence and stinking up the hives, moving from one hive to the next when the first hive absconded. Does that sound plausible or should I look for other signs as well?