Posted on Thu 3rd Feb 2011
I see in my website visitation statistics that the lizards are through-the-roof popular. And fair enough - they're magnificent beasts! SO, I present to you a gallery of Sleepy lizards.
This is perhaps the reptile most loved by Aussie kids. They look fearsome but it's mostly bluff - although they do have a wicked bite if you are dumb enough to let one latch on to you. They're ...
Posted on Fri 7th Jan 2011
I spotted this handsom beast in the Rawson Creek Nature Reserve, near Port Maquarie, NSW. It was perched on a log beside a mangrove and saltmarsh lined creek. When I got close it leapt into the undergrowth and then disappeared into the water beneath a mangrove tree.
Eastern Water Dragons are found beside waterways along the Australian east coast from Eastern Victoria through to Cooktown in Queensland. A small colony near Adelaide ...
Posted on Sat 27th Dec 2008
This lizard was on the fore dunes at a beach south of Franklin Harbour on the Eyre Peninsular. The Painted Dragon (Ctenophorus pictus) occurs through much of arid and semi-arid southern and southern-central Australia. They are quite common on the Eyre Peninsular. You generally see then scooting toward their burrow which they dig at the base of a small shrub.
Posted on Tue 29th Jan 2008
There are six Blue-tongue lizard species. Three occur in Victoria, The Shingleback or Sleepy lizard which occurs predominately in drier forests, woodlands and shrublands, the common or Eastern Blue-tongue found throughout eastern Australia and in the wetter regions of northern Australia, and this one - the Blotched or Southern Blue-tongue which occurs in southern Victoria and adjacent areas of SA, NSW and in Tasmania. Blue-tongues all puff themselves up when threatened, open their mouths wide, stick out their tongues and hiss. But they are relatively slow and easy to pick up if you're quick.
They eat flowers, fruit, invertebrates and small vertebrates such as mice. They are an asset in the garden as they will eat the snails, but they'll also eat all your strawberries including the flowers. Be careful, if you bait for snails you'll poison your Blue-tingues. Their bite is vice-like. I vividly remember being bitten by a baby Sleepy Lizard that I was keeping as a pet when I was about six. All the species give birth to live young.