Name: Shingleback Lizard
Scientific Name: Trachydosaurus rugosus
Alternative Names: Stumpy-tailed Lizard, Boggi, Sleepy Lizard, Bobtail Lizard, Two-headed Lizard and Pinecone Lizard. This lizard has more alternative names than any other Australian animal.
Location: Through the southern end of Australia from WA to Victoria, and up through the NSW & QLD outback.
- It is related to the common bluetongue lizard
- His tongue is blue to ward off potential threats
- They can be up to 40cm in length
- They’re thick scaly skin protects them against water loss in their dry habitat
- Their favourite food are flowers, but they also eat foilage, fruits, berries and insects.
Cuteness Rating : About as cute as The Thing
Danger Rating : Pick on someone your own size…
After spending the night camping by the Darling River, we drove south east along the Ivanhoe-Menindee Road to get to the Cobb Hwy. This road is a little bumpy (especially if you’re driving Toyota Corolla Hatchback) and there was a lot of slowing down to avoid massive pot holes and roadkill, but we got to see a lot of wildlife.
We noticed that there were lizards on the side of the road, warming their scales in the hot sun. We tried to stop a few times to take pictures but they scuttled into the grasses before we could get a shot.
We did get lucky though. One lizard was social enough to stick around for a photo shoot and threat display. Even though he was 100 times smaller than us, he still had a go and we were hesitant to get any closer. We admired him for a little longer before getting back into the Corolla for Ivanhoe.
We saw another shingleback in Narrung, SA – he was cruising through our campsite, looking for some shade from the harsh sun.