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Shingleback skink, aka Sleepy lizard

Tiliqua rugosa palarra

Description:

A short-tailed, slow moving species of blue-tongued skink found in Australia. Three of the four recognized subspecies are found only in Western Australia, where they are known collectively by the common name bobtail.

Habitat:

Western Australia rocky coastal slope.

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4 Comments

lori.tas
lori.tas 10 years ago

Also bobtail, stump-tailed skink, bogeye, and pinecone lizard.

lori.tas
lori.tas 10 years ago

I like all of our skinks, and the big blue tongues in particular. And they make good house guests, as we've had a few that needed a bit of care live in our house until we could re-release them. I'll have to post photos of one sunning herself on the Tibetan rug.

Like most Australian flora and fauna, blue-tongues are adapted for really, really long term survival. No flash-in-the-pan species here.

MitchRay
MitchRay 10 years ago

I love the common and colloquial names that we give animals. Shingleback and Sleepy Lizard are both good ones.

MitchRay
MitchRay 10 years ago

I cited a paper about these guys in my Master's thesis. Pretty intriguing critters.

lori.tas
Spotted by
lori.tas

Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Apr 13, 2011
Submitted on Apr 13, 2011

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