This healthy looking Blotched blue tongue lizard is coming to the end of a full moult that reveals its true colours. Shedding skin makes room for a growing body. Blue tongues can live up to 30 years.
Between foreleg and neck you can clearly see the new skin of sparklingly clean, well defined scales with intricately detailed patterning.
The head looks like an armour plated battering ram, shaped to pierce underground and under growth with the least resistance or harm. Blue tongues hunt for snails and insects. They are happy to shelter under shrubs, rocks and logs or in burrows. Despite the armour, adults often fall prey to cats, cars and mowers. Up to 25 offspring are born fully formed. These are readily preyed upon by currawongs, kookaburras, raptors and snakes.
Just look at this beautifully patterned hind leg with clawed toes desgned to achieve maximum grip and traction. That is not to say these creatures are fast. In fact, they are often so slow it is tempting to pick them up for a closer look. However, this causes unecessary stress for the animal and should be avoided. It is better to let them continue on their way into the bush or, because females in particular don’t roam too far from home, around your property let them keep on with their hunting and fogaging to clean up pests. If you want them to continue to do so, provide plenty of places for shelter, keep pets away and don’t poison your snails and insects – you will be poisoning your precious blue tongue population as well. Simply, let this beautful creature do the hunting for you and take pleasure in its periodic appearances as it goes about its work.