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|Shingleback (Tiliqua rugosa): |
The Shingleback has many names, like Bob-tailed Lizard, Sleepy Lizard or Stumpy-tailed Lizard. It can be found west of the Great Dividing Range. It's the most unusual looking of the blue-tongue lizards with its very short, stumpy tail and large rough scales. The Shingleback too is dark brown, with or without blotches.
Blue-Tongues grow to 60cm in length. They don't have well defined teeth but when they bite humans, they have a tenacious habit of not letting go, contributing considerably to the pain.
Blue-Tongues live alone for most of the year, but between September and November males seek females for mating. The competition for the ladies is fierce and the males fight aggressively among themselves. Mating itself may also be rough, with females carrying scrape marks from the male's teeth. During the mating season, Blue-Tongues in New South Wales are often seen crossing roads in pairs. Sometimes the male is following the female. Sometimes the male is carrying the female. Thanks to: http://www.convictcreations.com/animals/bluetongue.htm
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Hai Jim Stevens,
A different kind of lizard jim.Good shot of this bob-tailed lizard.Well done