Frilled-neck Lizard

Spotted this 20 cm (8 inch) Frilled-neck lizard on a morning walk around my suburb of Lyons and Oakey Hill Nature Reserve in Canberra, Australia’s Capital Territory. Canberra is known to Aussies as the ‘bush capital’. The frilling of the neck and the open mouth stance is a defensive mechanism to scare potential predators.  I…


Shingleback or Stumpy-tailed Lizard 

Walking at lunch today I passed this perfect specimen of the Shingleback. Length is about 350mm or 14 inches in the old scale. The shingleback lizard is native to Australia.  The name ‘Stumpy’ is from the short tail. Photos: © Copyright 2016 Andrew VK1AD Canberra is well-known as the bush capital.

Surprise visitor to the garden

This adult Blue-tongued lizard paid me a visit today.  Started work on a paving job (work in progress job…groan!) only to find this fella warming in the sun. For the overseas readers the length is 18 inches (45 cm) with a girth of 2 inches (5 cm).  After taking pictures for the blog, I took…