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Australian Lizards

Discussion in 'Vertebrate Pet Talk' started by Dave Jay, May 7, 2018.

  1. Dave Jay

    Dave Jay Well-Known Member

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    I thought I'd show some pictures of my lizards and some from the wild.
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    Dave Jay Well-Known Member

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    This is a Sleepy/Stumpy/Shingle-Back Skink that I came across (or it came across me!) in the Murray Mallee region, in the sand hills around Lake Bonney. You can see by the sand on it that the warm weather at the end of winter had brought it out from brumation early, it not only looks Sleepy, but Grumpy too! sleepy 1.JPG sleepy 2.JPG sleepy 3.JPG
    I've rescued a few of these from the side of the road, they get hit by cars quite often and will have injuries. Once their partner is run over they generally hang around until they get run over themselves, their bond is very strong even though they only get together for a few weeks in spring then go their separate ways. Each year for life they find the same partner to breed with and rarely breed again if one partner goes missing, but during the mating period they follow each other everywhere they go, which usually means crossing, or basking on roads. They are one of the most common road kills you'll see in Australia but despite this, and the fact they usually only have one baby at a time they are still very abundant, even in the suburbs.
    Their temperament is excellent, they eat almost anything and the babies are born very large, sometimes more than half the length of the mother so they make excellent pets if you are sure you're buying captive bred offspring.
    I will admit that as a child I have kept wild caught sleepies I've found in the bush, and within a few minutes they become complacent about being held and stop displaying and trying to bite. Once I found out they have the same partner for life I felt guilty keeping them even though they were released back into the bush on the next trip most times, now I cannot condone taking them from the wild at all, abundant though they may be.
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    @Dave Jay
    More please! BTS are one of my favorite reptiles. I've raised and attempted to breed several Northern BTS, but failed because they were coincidentally all males. 7 of them! Shinglebacks are one of my favorites! They are very rare over here due to their slow reproductive rate and due to the Australian government's wildlife policies, so info like what you've shared here is GOLDEN for fans of the species in the US.

    Thank you for posting this! If you take requests, I'm also a huge varanid fan, and any other skink species too.
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    Atm I only have a female Blue Tongue and a female Eastern Water Dragon, I have some nice pictures on my pc, I haven't used it for a while but I keep meaning to copy some pictures from it to post here.
    I've never kept monitors, mostly because as a kid my brother and I could never catch them! We even tried a supposed Aboriginal method where one person stands in an open area and the other chases the monitor towards them, the idea is that the monitors instinct is to run up a tree so when panicked they will run up the person standing still! I'm sorta glad that didn't work lol!
    I have pictures of garden skinks handy I think. I also have some nice pictures of Barking Geckos in the wild and a video of a tiny one latching onto my finger when I tried to shoo it so I could put the rock back down. I wasn't expecting it as it's head was about the size of my finger nail.
    You might be interested in pictures of our Australian Long Necked Tortoises too.
    I really must get busy looking through my computer. These days I mostly use my phone or netbook so the pc is under a mountain of Scorpion keeping equipment!
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    I would LOVE to see whatever pictures of your native wildlife you'd like to show. Here is one for you from my house:
    Boomer-Roo.JPG

    Also, I find it highly amusing that every continent on the planet calls a tortoise a tortoise and a turtle a turtle, except Australia, which does it the reverse of everyone else. Maybe its because you guys live your lives upside down in the Southern Hemisphere??? :D
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    Growing up the text books said that because of the structure of the foot our species are tortoises. The basic definition was said to be turtles have flippers, tortoises have claws, now it seems to be interchangeable.
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    For most of the rest of the world the distinction seems to be more that turtles are aquatic and tortoises are land animals. Then you have species like box turtles to confuse the issue.