Shingleback Skink (Tiliqua rugosa)


Average length – 21cm
The bulkiest of the blue-tongues the Shingleback Skink lives alone for most of the year, but between September and November they reunite as monogmous pairs. Shinglebacks in Western New South Wales are often seen crossing roads in pairs, the male following the female. Alternate names are Stumpy-tailed Lizard; Boggi; Sleepy Lizard, Bobtail Lizard, Two-headed Lizard and Pinecone Lizard. The Shingleback Skink has a very large head, a very short blunt tail and large rough scales. Males have a proportionally larger head and stockier body than females but females grow slightly bigger than males. They grow up to approximately 410mm long.