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Shingleback skink

Tiliqua rugosa


Large tough scales looking like roofing shingles. The tail is short and stocky and looks somewhat like its head.


Semi desert. Bushland.


Also called the Stumpytail. This skink curls its body around in this defence posture, offering its tail as an alternative target for a predator, thereby protecting its head from attack.

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MartinL 3 years ago

that's an excellent link thanks

NeilDazet 3 years ago

Shinglebacks are amazing creatures! On BBC's Life in Cold Blood documentary, there is a terrific piece done by David Attenborough on Shinglebacks where he talks about how the males and females partner up and stay together for years. It is on YouTube here:

MartinL 3 years ago

Their scales are as tough as a pinecone. They present their tail which looks like an alternative head - that would confuse a predator. If all else fails they hiss with a wide mouth and blue tongue. But usually they just run away from predators.

Jerzer Rawr
Jerzer Rawr 3 years ago

Amazing! i wonder what it does to escape from predators. Hmm seems pretty interesting..

Steve A
Steve A 4 years ago

You just have to love the Stumpies - brings back childhood memories growing up in Adelaide!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 4 years ago

Their shape made to confuse predator. Tail and Head look very similar...

LarryGraziano 4 years ago

never seen a skink that was so large....amazing

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 4 years ago

Astonishing Spotting

Saarbrigger 4 years ago

Wow. Impressive animal.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 4 years ago

Great spotting..

annorion 4 years ago

Interesting critter! His body looks like an unopened pine cone.

ChunXingWong 4 years ago

Wow, the skinks there looks completely different from the ones in the country I live in.

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -36.06, Long: 144.11

Spotted on Sep 17, 2011
Submitted on Nov 17, 2011

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