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Shingleback Skink

Shingleback skink is a type of blue-tongued skink occurring in Australia. There are four recognized subspecies of this species. The skink is heavy-bodied and omnivore. The species is extremely monogamous.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Family Scincidae
    Genus Tiliqua
    Scientific Name Tiliqua rugosa


    Other Names Stumpy-tailed Lizard, Boggi, Bobtail Lizard, Sleepy Lizard, Pinecone Lizard, Two-headed Lizard
    Size Up to 41 cm
    Weight 600 – 900 g
    Color Dark brown to cream with a bright blue tongue; reddish-brown to gray eyes
    Distribution Southern and western Australia
    Habitat Shrublands, desert grasslands, sandy dunes
    Diet Insects, snails, carrion, vegetation, flowers
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter
    Predators Predatory birds, large snakes, feral cats, dogs
    Breeding Season September – November
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous (giving birth to live young)
    Litter Size 1 to 4
    Gestation Period Around 5 months
    Reproductive Age 4 years of age
    Average Lifespan Around 10 to 15 years

    Shingleback Skink Pictures Gallery

    Published on November 19th 2016 by under Skinks. Article was last reviewed on 4th May 2017.

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