Eastern Shingleback
Profile, Big, Black & Yellow
Ellura
Eastern Shingleback
Mating
 
                      
Eastern Shingleback (Tiliqua rugosa ssp aspera)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Reptiles (Reptilia)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Scaled Reptiles (Squamata)
Family: Skink (Scincidae)
Species: Eastern Shingleback (Tiliqua rugosa ssp aspera)
This Photo:     Head
Other names: Stumpy, bobtail or sleepy.

Thank you Antoni Camozzato & Alan Melville for confirming the id of this species for us

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 © 2012-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 13-Sep-2012
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)