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Australia has been called "The Land of the Lizards"
Aborigines can judge the health of the country by observing the amount of lizards it contains.
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|Ring-tailed Bicycle Dragon||Monitor|
When threatened, these slow and gentle
Stumpy-tailed BLUE TONGUE skinks
frighten off predators such as Eagles, Kookaburras and Snakes by hissing and opening its mouth widely.
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Some blue tongues are more aggresive than others.
Found in many WA backyards.
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These harmless, gentle, slow-moving creatures are a delight to find in the bush.
If lucky, you will see its unusual gait of freeze-frame, leg-lifting and rocking or watch it lick up a huge meal of ants.
This little desert devil can change colour to blend with the background and has grooves down its back that channels rain into the mouth.
Image courtesy of Gail from Dongara.
Soaking up the sun's blood-warming energy.
|Crowned Snake||Spot the Dragon|
WESTERN BEARDED DRAGON
A lovable personality and calm nature have made this native of Western Australia an extremely popular pet throughout the world.
Beardies subsist on vegetable matter and insects and can live up tp 10 years in captivity.
Highly valued by the Aborigines as a delicious source of protein.
When frightened these powerful. burrowing, egg laying, fork-tongued Monitor Lizards
will run and climb the nearest tree (or human).
|"mouse-over" the image.||Long-Nosed Dragon|
Western Brown Snake or Gwardar
A dangerously venomous snake whch can be very fast and aggrressive when threatened or disturbed. It is capable of injecting a large dose of highly toxic venom.
In the last 30 years, the Gwardar is responsible for six of the last ten snakebite deaths in Western Australia.
But, in comparison, the common honeybee causes an average of ten deaths per year in Australia.
South-western Carpet Python - Morelia spilota imbricata
A large non-venomous snake found in southern regions of Western Australia. Pythons kills small mammals and birds by constriction until they suffocate.
So named because their colouring resembles the patterns of old fashioned carpets.
Snakes Harmful & Harmless - specialising in reptile education.
The information on Brian's site is orientated towards Australian and particularly Western Australian reptiles.
Legless Lizard - stripes run lengthwise. A snake's goes across.