Thursday, 27 November 2014

Neither a sky nor a mammal - Shingleback Lizard

This is a shingleback lizard - or to use the name I first knew it by, the Stumpy Tail lizard.  Both names are good - its back does look like the shingles on a roof and it does have a stumpy tail.

This lizard was taking some spring sunshine on board when I found him (or her) and was remarkably tolerant as I stuck the lens of a camera up its nose!

There are many reptiles in Australia which which I would not be so bold!




You can find more shots of animals from around the world at Saturday Critters

24 comments:

ladyfi said...

What a sweet face it has!

TexWisGirl said...

he's really beautiful!

Linda W. said...

Great shots, especially the one with his mouth open!

Sylvia K said...

A handsome fellow and a sweet face he has indeed!!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Mother Nature has created such interesting niches for amazing creatures. This is a cool one, and a nice change of pace *smile*

Montanagirl said...

Wow - Your photos are close enough for me! lol

Fun60 said...

A good spot as it seems quite well camouflaged. Like that 2nd photo.

Margaret Adamson said...

Great find and capture. Have a lovely wekkend

bas said...

wat gaaf om hem zo dicht te kunnen benaderen.

Andrea Priebe said...

What a handsome specimen and I agree an almost sweet looking little face ... not usual in lizards. Or at least our perception of them usually doesn't go that way. Very cool find ... was he close to your home and what more can you tell us about him/her? How big are they, what do they eat and are they only found in Australia? So that should keep you busy for a moment, yes? Hope you are having some warm and fuzzy family time as we are celebrating Thanksgiving here and it should be all about caring about others ... Be well, Stewart.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Arija said...

Cute shots although he does not look too happy in the shot with his/her mouth open.
I have a number of stumps and blue tongues living close to my house and have to be careful not to step on them in the dark.

thewovenspoke said...

What a neat looking lizard, it kind of looks like a rough backed lizard here.

Felicia said...

strange yet beautiful critter. looks like it may have been a tad impatient with you.

Bethany Carson said...

That's an interesting (and almost scary) looking critter!

Irma said...

Hi Stewart,
Beautiful pictures of this lizard, I find him quite large.
Here in the Netherlands, you do not see them .
Best regards, Irma

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Fantastic creature..Love it.. Happy weekend

Gunilla Bäck said...

Great shots of this beautiful lizard. Have a wonderful weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hi Stewart, what a cool looking lizard. The second shot is awesome.. Thank you for linking up, have a great day!

bailey-road.com said...

What a beautiful little critter! Great shots.

Noushka said...

Hello Stuart!
WOW, that lizard is a beauty!
It is scaled like a snake too from what we can see on the pictures!
Can't wait to discover all these creatures... ;-)
I hope you are well, enjoy your sunday!

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, Beth said...

hey it is my cousin. considering i am part lizard. neat-o!! ( :

maryaustria said...

Amazing! A fascinating creature!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Nice subject!

I find many of my reptile friends are not so patient with the picture-taking process.
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Marie said...

He's very interesting! You got some great close-up shots!