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Shingleback Skink

Tiliqua rugosa


The Shingleback (or 'Bobtail') is a solid, slow-moving blue-tongue skink. I am very fond of them as my husband and I had an injured one in permanent care for several years (see This was the first one I had seen in the wild - we went to Granite Island in South Australia to look for them as we know there is a good chance of seeing one there. Shinglebacks come in a wide range of colours, and the short stumpy tail may be to confuse predators but it also a good place to store fat reserves for the lean times.

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ShannaB 8 years ago

Thanks Leanne!

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Fantastic Shanna! That's another one to cross off the list :)

ShannaB 8 years ago

Oh wow, we never noticed that!!! Definitely a tick. : (

StephenSolomons 8 years ago

I see a tick, these reptiles seem to be a favourite target for them

MartinL 8 years ago

Nice spotting and info Shanna. I've only seen them in the south and semi desert areas. Would you agree that yours has a tick under a scale on its left shoulder? Here is another tick

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5211, South Australia, Australia

Spotted on Jan 30, 2012
Submitted on Jan 25, 2013

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