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Blue tongue bobtail lizard, Arid Lands Gardens, Pt Augusta, South Australia.

Blue tongue bobtail lizard, Arid Lands Gardens, Pt Augusta, South Australia
Blue tongue bobtail lizard, Arid Lands Gardens, Pt Augusta, South Australia. Often called a goanna in Western Australia, they are actually lizards or skinks.

Their name comes from their bright blue tongue, which they will display when threatened. They tend to be monogamous, with the same two partnering every year for up to twenty years. They give birth to three or four young which establish themselves nearby so a colony of them can become quite well established over time.

I well remember them from my youth in Western Australia because of their habit of lying on the road sunning themselves. Not always a good idea - quite a few were squashed by passing cars. Note how well this one is camouflaged.

Copyright © Willem Schultink

Info sourced from Pilbara Pythons