South-eastern Morethia Skink
Copper Colour
Ellura
Shingleback
Profile, Big, Black & Yellow
 
    
Shingleback (Tiliqua rugosa)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Chordate (Chordata) - Reptile (Reptilia)
Order: Scaled Reptile (Squamata)
Family: Skink (Scincidae)
Species: Shingleback (Tiliqua rugosa)
This Photo:     Back, Brown
Other names: Stumpy, bobtail or sleepy.

Ref: "A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia", 2nd Ed. Wilson & Swan. Page 316.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee) & in the Adelaide Hills
Very variable in colour. Also called "stumpy" due to its short fat tail, or "Sleepy" cause they are often seen sleeping on roads, but they can move pretty quickly!
If they feel threatened they will gape their mouth at you to bite and keep turning to face you if you circle them.

Copyright © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 14-Aug-2012
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)