Blotched Blue-tongue Lizard
Look closely – this Blotched Blue-tongue Lizard perished in a ‘rabbit netting’ fence.

This Blotched Blue-tongue Lizard (Tiliqua nigrolutea) was unlucky enough to be living in the vicinity of a netting fence. Netting fences are commonly used to control rabbit movement, but it seems it has other consequences too. While it no doubt had been able to pass freely through the fence for the first few years of it’s life, this animal’s luck finally ran out.

This lizard is long-dead. All that remain are its skin and skeleton and that's starting to fall apart as well.
This lizard is long-dead. All that remain are its skin and skeleton and that’s starting to fall apart as well. The jaw bone, lower and upper teeth are visible.

Blotched Blue-tongues can grow to be 0.5 m long, though I can’t say I’ve seen one that big up here. This animal was about 0.30 m long and likely to have been 4+ years of age (estimate only).

When I now think of the hundreds of kilometers of new and old netting fence in the Strathbogies landscape, I wonder about the unseen carnage. And often the fences go through bush areas, or  just lie sagged, trampled, along a bushy edge, or roadside, just waiting to ensnare its next victim blue-tongue lizard.

Head and front legs made it through, but the body was too wide and scales made sure the poor animal was permanently impaled.
Head and front legs made it through, but the body was too wide and scales made sure the poor animal was securely trapped – a terrible death.