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I decided to let this weekends postings go in the sign of "small Austrailan reptiles that I found on the road".

This picture was taken on the same trip out bush as my previous Emu picture. We spotted this guy basking on the road, so instead of running him over we stopped and took a closer look.

Meet the Shingleback (Tiliqua rugosa)(Thank you Lawrie for the correction). These guys still have a distinctive blue tougue that they display when they feel threatned, just like their relatives the blue tongues.

This guy was a cool customer though, we where obviously not intimidating him at all because I never got to see his tongue. He was just hanging there, allowing me to take his picture before we released him on the side of the road.

This is a pretty common lizard and they don't mind settling in urban areas. They eat snails, maggots, insects but also some vegetables.

Tomorrow we take a look at the Thorny Devil.

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