29 Jul 🦎 Our mystery animal is the Shingleback Skink!
Posted at 14:21h in NHM
🦎Our mystery animal is the Shingleback Skink! The scientific name of this animal is 𝘛𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘢 𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘰𝘴𝘢.
You might have guessed what this animal was just by looking at its scales. They are often colloquially known as pinecone lizards, as their scales resemble the rough surface of an unopened pinecone.
The fatty, head-like tail of this lizard serves a number of purposes. One, it provides a fat store of energy for the lizard when food availability is low. Two, it can act as a defence mechanism to confuse predators. If under threat the lizard will ‘wag’ it’s tail to draw attention away from its head!
Shingleback’s can live up to the grand old age of 50 years, forming long term partnerships, roaming in pairs. Many of these partnerships last longer than a decade, with one study finding a pair remaining together for 27 years!
Curious for more? Head to the link below to discover more about these amazing lizards.