Shingleback.JPG (56687 bytes)Shingle-back Lizard (Trachydosurus rugosus): is widely distributed over the southern half of mainland Australia except for the ranges and coast of Queensland , New South Wales and Victoria . Throughout its distribution there is considerable variation in skin colour and pattern. Regardless of these cosmetic variations because of its unique shape this slow-moving lizard cannot be mistaken for any other species.
The stumpy, rounded tail matches the shape of the head and the large, wrinkled scales are unmistakeable features.
The Shingle-back is a close relative of the Blue-tongued Lizards and there is only one species in the genus.
Because of its wide distribution, the Shingle-back is found in many habitats. We have encountered the species in several places in western New South Wales . The specimen illustrated was found near Cobar, New South Wales .
Shingle-backs are slow moving so they are relatively easy to photograph.
Their diet is rather cosmopolitan and consists of insects, other arthropods, carrion, snails, flowers, fruits and berries.
Shingle-backs produce litters of one, two or rarely three large young.