Shingle-back Lizard (Trachydosurus rugosus): is widely distributed over the southern half of mainlandWildlife
Australiaexcept for the ranges and coast of Queensland, New South Walesand 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.