Eastern Shingleback
Mating
Ellura
Eastern Blue-tongue
Head, profile
 
    
Eastern Shingleback (Tiliqua rugosa ssp aspera)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Reptiles (Reptilia)
Order: Scaled Reptiles (Squamata)
Family: Skink (Scincidae)
Species: Eastern Shingleback (Tiliqua rugosa ssp aspera)
This Photo:     Blue Tongue Pink Mouth
Other names: Stumpy, bobtail or sleepy.

Thank you Antoni Camozzato for helping with the identification of this species

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), 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.
Antoni highlighted to us that this is the only sub-species in SA, the other three being found in WA.

Copyright © 2003- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 11-Oct-2003
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)