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Shingleback skink

Tiliqua rugosa

Description:

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

Habitat:

Semi desert. Bushland.

Notes:

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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12 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

that's an excellent link thanks

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 8 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: http://youtu.be/7UwfrAVdVws

MartinL
MartinL 9 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 9 years ago

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

Steve A
Steve A 9 years ago

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

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Their shape made to confuse predator. Tail and Head look very similar...
http://www.dahmstierleben.de/foto/rheinb...

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 9 years ago

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

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Astonishing Spotting

Saarbrigger
Saarbrigger 9 years ago

Wow. Impressive animal.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Great spotting..

annorion
annorion 9 years ago

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

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 9 years ago

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

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

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

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