Australian Reptiles, Australian Wildlife, Wildlife
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Bobtail lizard

The weather is changing. May is a beautiful time of the year with mild days and crisp nights. Autumn’s chill creeps in and the first rains have started to transform the landscape with grass growing, water flowing and the first trees flowering. As soon as the sun appears on these cool days reptiles can be found on granite outcrops, absorbing heat to regulate their body temperature. When I was looking for Ornate Dragons (Ctenophorus ornatus) hiding in the cracks and crevices of the granite boulders,  I actually stumbled upon this Bobtail lizard (Tiliqua rugosa) at the side of the trail. Absolute motionless with only its eyes observing my movements, it offered the perfect opportunity for some close-up shots.  They are slow, docile and easy to pick up, and therefore often traded as exotic pets for as much as $9,000 on the Asian black market. In order to curb this practice smugglers are sentenced heavily while trying to get those reptiles out of the country stuffed in handbags or teddy bears. Sad but true. Confiscated Bobtails are handed over to Perth Zoo for rescue but let’s hope one day people can enjoy wildlife just by observing!

Bobtail lizard Lesmurdie NP Western Australia Perth Hills


  1. What a fortunate encounter Maurice, and such an “unfamiliar” shape for a lizard (but then, Australia is the home of so many unique life forms isn’t it?)

  2. It is an unfamiliar shape indeed, and true, Australia has more reptile species than any other country in the world, most of them endemic. Unfortunately quite a few (reptile) species are currently threatened, the price you pay as a developed country with a high biodiversity I’m afraid. BTW, Looking forward to more shots of your latest adventures!

  3. Beautiful images of a rare reptile 🙂
    I haven’t seen this reptiles images anywhere else.
    It has got a really interesting shape, but from the land of Kangaroos we we can expect this and more, right?

    • Thanks, it was an exciting encounter with this little fella; very unusual body indeed with that pine cone like skin. No big game downunder but highly interesting, exotic and unusual animals instead.

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