Friday, October 06, 2006

Thats Aussie

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This has got to be one of the most Aussie photos I have ever taken.
It's a Blue Tongue lizard, drinking nectar from a Banksia (blechnifolia) sheltering under the isopogens (anemonifolius) .
Blue Tongues are the biggest lizard in the skink family, they are viviparous, big, this one is about 30cm, and very cute. I think that it may be a Tiliqua scincoides scincoides (Common eastern). They even have a beer named after them.
This lizard lives in the gardens in the town-house complex.

5 comments:

LauraDanielleDotN said...

that was like a little science lesson when I'm not even in school! Thanks for that.

Hamish and Leesha said...

thats Aussie and now I am feeling very homesick.
thank you.

Anonymous said...

i wanted a blue-tongued skink when i was a kid. i never got one. and if i make it to australia next october for my best friend's birthday i'm looking you up. they're in perth. where are you?

Mark Lawrence said...

Wow. Check out this weird coincidence, Stephen. BTW, thanks for the pix.

Mike Bogle said...

I just love Blue Tongue lizards. I remember the first time I saw one outside our old flat in Hornsby I was gobsmacked, particularly when it flittered it's blue tongue to figure out who the hell I was. Unfortunately I've only seen one since then - the one Mark referred to. Cool pic btw :)