Welcome to no 7 of 16 Reptile Roadshow Reptile Profiles – Shingleback skink – celebrating 16 years of Reptile Parties and Events
- Average size of 35cm
- Average life span of about 10 to 15 years
- Mature adults typically weigh 600 to 900 grams
- They come from Southern Australia
- Latin name is Tiliqua rugosa
- Heavily armoured body and can be found in various colours
- They have stumpy tails very similar in shape to its head
- As a defence mechanism the tail can be detached for escaping predators
- They give birth to broods of one to four relatively large offspring
- Tail is used as a vital fat store during the winter.
- Also known as the Pinecone lizard due to its rough scales
- Shingleback skink has a Blue Tongue like all the Blue tongue Lizard Species
- When threatened, these animals open their bright pink mouths wide and stick out their big blue tongues. This scares away predators.
- To block light or keep out dirt, this skink, like many lizards, moves its lower lid up, rather than its upper lid down.
- Reptile Roadshow has 2 Shingleback skinks
Reptile Roadshow celebrates going strong for 16 years. We hope you enjoyed this animal profile. This reptile is just one of many you can see at Reptile Roadshow events.
Make sure you checkout the other animal profiles on our blog.