shingleback lizard

shingleback lizard:

Scientific Name : Tiliqua rugosa
Family : Scincidae
Length: up to 31 cm
Weight: Up to 0.9kg
Distribution: Western Australia

shingleback lizard

bobtail lizard

  • Easily one of the strangest reptiles in the world , the Bobtail Skink is a short-tailed , blue-tongued skink that moves relatively slow found in Australia
  • Besides bobtail and "Shingleback", its stumpy and sluggish appearance has earned it many names including Stump-tailed skink , Pine cone Lizard Sleepy Lizard and Bogey
  • They have a triangular head and a bright blue tongue in which its stumpy tail is similar in shape to its head , earning its two headed skink name
  • Scientist believe that this trait possibly evolved as a defense mechanism against predators .

  • Although they are very slow moving lizards, they compensate speed with high defense against predators . One being that their tail which looks like their head can easily confuse many predators

  • When threatened they are observed to open their big mouth widely showing a bright blue tongue that can also scare away potential predators

  • Their thick and bulky armored body and can be found in various colors ranging from dark brown to cream

  • The tail is also contains fat reserves which are drawn upon during brumation in winter . However unlike other lizards they cannot shed their tail

  • They can be found sun basking in open areas along shrub lands and deserts grass lands to sandy dunes
  • Although they have poor speed , they can move up to an average to 450 meters a day

  • The Bobtail Skink is a popular pet among many Australian enthusiasts and animals lovers as they are relatively docile and easy to feed and maintain. However a permit is required if one wishes to keep them in some areas

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