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The Iconic Australian Shingleback Skink

Think of an animal with armored scales, a blue tongue, and a mighty bite. This might sound like a crocodile or alligator that ate one too many ring-pops, but it is the shingleback skink; a small lizard that lives in the dry ecosystems of southern Australia.

The shingleback skink’s lifespan can be up to 40 years; its diet consists of berries, fruit, insects, and snails. Usually, skinks give birth to about 25 young at a time, however, the shingleback only gives birth to two or three baby lizards. These lizards, like humans, are nourished inside the womb developing larger and faster.

Although the shingleback skink is a toughly armored lizard, it prefers hiding in abandoned burrows, logs, and other objects. A backyard is a perfect home for the shingleback skink. Some nicknames for the shingleback skink are sleepy lizard, stumpy-tailed lizard, bog-eyed (bogie for short), and pine-cone lizard.

The shingleback skink has many physical differences, but the most significant is its tail, which is unlike any other lizard’ because it can store fat when food is plentiful. Even the eyes of the lizards are unique due to their precise vision.

Although the shingleback skink can look frightening, it can be interesting to research and understand.

[Source: Snakes and Reptiles]

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