Tiliqua occipitalis — Western Blue-tongued Skink
Some other names for this species:
Western Blue-tongued Lizard, Western Blue-tongue Lizard
I spotted this adorable lizard as it contemplated a suicidal wander across World Heritage Drive, upon which we were driving. We pulled over and I ran back to divert it from its planned terminal course, and also anap a few photos. The lizard was not impressed by my help. First it tried out its “You must leave me alone because I am so flat!” tactic. When that failed, it moved on to “You must leave me alone or I will lick you with my giant blue tongue!”. I wonder on which animals these maneuvers are actually effective.
Ive written up an account of this three-week trip to Australia here.
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- Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia, Seventh Edition
- Wilson, S. K., Knowles, D. 1988. Australia's Reptiles: A Photographic Reference to the Terrestrial Reptiles of Australia
- Wilson, S. and Swan, G. 2017. A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia, Fifth Edition