Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Blue Tongue Skink/Lizard


Blue Tongue Lizard in Bird Nest Fern
Spring brings out our reptiles. Over the years, Mullum Yard has hosted a couple of different Blue Tongue Lizards, as they are locally known, though they are a species of skink. Large-sized compared to the 8+/- cm garden skinks. 

This one is about 20 cm including her tail, a rough guess I must admit. I didn't want to spook her by coming too close. Maybe she'll get used to seeing me around. She has made her home in the now very large bird nest fern, almost 30 years old, featured in a previous post, http://mullumyard.blogspot.com.au/2011/02/birds-nest-fern-in-trouble.html 

Compared to other Blue Tongue Skinks I've had in the yard, this one has a very pale pattern. I wonder if it is a lizard version of albino?