March 25th – Big Skink

Lips tight

Obviously what we have here is the common eastern Blue Tongue Lizard (Tiliqua scincoides scincoides), but despite my best efforts I couldn’t catch the Blue Tongue bit.

This cheeky lizard was crunching around in my garden along a fence-line, where it could nimbly slip through a gap in the fence and access other gardens. Only one of which has a dog.

The typical first reaction to a Blue Tongue is generally hearing it cruise through the vegetation, and is easy to mistake for a snake at a glance with its tiny legs and slither-like movement.

I haven’t seen it since (this photo is about 6 weeks old), but I suspect it might be the reason our local Tawny Frogmouth likes to sit on our clothes line.

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