Katie discovered this little fella. She was playing in the backyard and almost put her hand on him. Katie didn't notice him as he blended into the environment quite well.
It is only a bubba - about 15cm long. An adult will grow to about 40cm. It's very cute (well, I think it is) - I love Blue Tongue Lizards. I was trying to take a pic of it but my digital camera is a bit old and slow so it missed the lizard poking its blue tongue out.
We had a a big one last year in our backyard that only stayed for a few days then moved on. I love the beautiful marking on their skin. These guys are harmless but I wouldn't pick them up - they're quite feisty like most wild animals. It's a good lesson for the kids to just admire the wildlife in our garden up close without having to handle it. :)
Hopefully, this little fella will make our backyard its home too. I see it sunning itself out on the log and my son and I watched it munching and crunching on a snail. It'll probably move on when the snails run out (lol). Meanwhile, we'll enjoy our little visitor while the snails are a plenty.