Bobtail

Tiliqua rugosa

SUBFAMILY

Lygosominae

TAXONOMY

Tiliqua rugosa Gray, 1825, type locality not specified. There are four subspecies.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Shingleback, sleepy lizard, boggi.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

This large lizard is recognized easily by its short, blunt tail and shingle-like scales. The color varies, ranging from white to dark gray to reddish.

DISTRIBUTION

The species occurs in southern Australia, central New South Wales, and southern Queensland.

They often bask on roads, where many are killed by passing vehicles.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Bobtails are omnivorous.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

These lizards form long-term pair bonds. Females give birth to two very large young (rarely, one or three young).

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS Bobtails may be kept as pets. ♦

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