Recently we had a visit from a blue-tongued lizard (skink actually) a local lizard that’s about 45 cm (a foot-and-a-half) long. Or maybe it’s a bobtail. To be honest, I’m not really clear on the distinction. I call them all blue-tongued lizards and so far none have taken offence.
Frank’s seen another bluey (or the same one on the opposite side of our garden) but this is the first one I’ve seen in ages. This lizard is pretty common everywhere in Australia but is on the decline in the area where we live. The culprit is apparently domestic cats. Cats don’t bother the adult blueys because they are simply too big to tackle, but the babies are a different story. As a result, our area (where cats are popular pets) has a lot of adult skinks but very few young. Unfortunately, because the young are killed off, it won’t take long (they live 20ish years) until we have no more blueys. Very sad.
Here’s my blue-tongued. Note in the 2nd photo you can see his stumpy little tail. Some people say they look like they have 2 heads because of that tail.
Lizards aren’t our only recent visitors. We’ve had lots of birds drop by too (which I post about ad nauseam). This one, a sulphur crested cockatoo, was particularly keen to be invited in. I’m afraid I didn’t sling an apple out of my pocket and therefore he just paced up and down the rail (in full expectation of an apple appearing out of my pocket) before turning tail and heading off in search of a more friendly hostess.