Shingleback Lizard

Also known as:
Tiliqua Rugosa, Stumpy Tail, Bobtail, Sleepy Lizard And Pine Cone Lizard.
Family:
Scincidae
Origin:
Australia

General description

Medium sized lizard up to 41cm with short thick tail which resembles the shape of the head, confusing predators. Slow moving with short powerful legs. Body covered in rough scales, colour varies from yellowish brown - grey or black with cross bands varying from pale yellow to grey-yellow to orange. Under belly is creamy coloured and smooth. They have a dark blue tongue. Superbly adapted to arid environments and can go many months without food if necessary.

In Australia, inhabit coastal heaths, dry scrub forests, hummock grassland and spinifex-dominated sandy deserts. Shelter under fallen timber, leaf litter, and grasses when not active.

Females give birth to 1- 4 live young late summer to early autumn. Most likely to occur through escapes from captivity or dumping/release into the wild.

Diet is mainly herbivorous, consisting of flowers, berries, fruit and succulent leaves, however they also opportunisitically feed on slugs, snails, insects and carrion. May carry endo-parasites and diseases that pose a risk to native lizards.

Site management

Recommended approaches

Please report any sightings to your local Biosecurity officer biosecurity@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

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RPMS status

Animal Pest - when not held in secure containment
shingleback lizard - Main species image