South-eastern Morethia Skink
Profile, Big, Black & Yellow
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Reptiles (Reptilia)|
|Order:||Scaled Reptiles (Squamata)|
|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, SA), in the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
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.