Shingleback Lizard

Tiliqua rugosa

Shinglebacks are common and widespread in New South Wales from the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, they are also found in coastal parts of Western Australia and South Australia.

Shinglebacks are usually found in drier open country with lots of ground cover such as tussocky grasses or leaf litter. Shinglebacks eat a wide variety of plant material including foliage, flowers, berries and fruits as well as insects, snails, beetles and spiders.

As all Lizards they require warmth as they do not produce their own body heat, they come out to bask in the sun on warm days to heat up before they have the energy to forage for food. In cold weather they bury deep in their shelter under logs, rocks or leaf litter.

Shinglebacks are solitary apart from at breeding time in spring. Once they have found a compatible mate they will continue to pair up with the same partner every spring. They give birth to live young that are independent within days of birth.

Shinglebacks are known to live for 50 years in the wild.