Friday, April 10, 2009

Blue Tongue Lizard

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.

13 comments:

karisma said...

Awww he is positively lovely! How lucky to have him in your garden! Our dogs scare them away from here! They are not so friendly towards birds or lizards unfortunately! Great pictures!

Toria said...

Oh cool, I hope he moves in permanently. Apparently they eat the funnel webs to, so they're great to have in the garden.

sunnymama said...

How cool! You took some great pictures too.

Glennis said...

What a great nature study lesson for your children to have such a beauty lizard living on your section.
We have a cat that loves to bring home small lizards for us to admire and then let go in our garden, whether they survive there is anyones guess.
Nice photos.

Mette said...

Cute little fellow! It´s nice to see different animals than here =)

Louise said...

I love little visitors like him

Amber said...

I think you may have a pregnant lady there. Could be wring, but i think it maybe?
What a delight to share our space with these gorgeous creatures and lovely you for welcoming him or her....xxxx

Cloudia said...

What a charming post!
It seems you make a habit of good photos and meaningful words.
Glad you found me ;-)
Aloha-

Celandine said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! Yours is lovely. It looks like our kids would make perfect play-date companions-- my daughter is six and my son is almost four. Too bad we are on opposite sides of the world! We love the lizard. How cool to have THAT in your back yard!

Nicole said...

nice pics
i dont see them very offen in our yard & its usually out the corner of my eye & the first thing i think of is snake as we have has heaps of those in our yard, your visitor is much more friendly :o)

Lisa said...

He's gorgeous. We usually see toads and garter snakes around here, but no lizards.

Julie said...

wow! this one looks nice and fat.

Jenn said...

this sounds crazy, but i just watched a 'jeff corwin' show and he was in australia and he caught one of these...it was so neat! :0)