Tiligua rugosa

Description

The Shingleback Lizard is a medium sized lizard with a short thick tail that is used for storing fat. The tail resembles the shape of the head and works to confuse predators. The scales are dark and rough, resembling the appearance of the pine cone on top however, the under belly is creamy coloured and smooth. It has short legs and its tongue is bright blue. The average length of the Shingleback Lizard is 35cm.

Habitat

Inhabits dry sclerophyll forests, dry scrubland and grassland. They find shelter under fallen timber, leaf litter, and grasses when not active.

Diet

Shingle-back lizards are primarily herbivorous living on a diet of flowers, berries and succulent leaves, however, they will opportunistically consume insects.

Breeding

Shingle-back lizards are highly monogamous, seeking out the same partner year after year. When breeding begins in spring, the male will seek out the female by the scent trails she leaves behind. Although the female can have 1 to 4 live young, which are rather large in comparison to mum, on average she will give birth to only 2.