Check out Australia Zoo’s Shingleback Skink!
Here at Australia Zoo, we are home to a species of skink whose tail looks like its head, and head looks like its tail – the shingleback skink! Keep your eyes peeled for our Wandering Wildlife Team for your chance to get up close and personal with these adorable “double-headed” skinks.
These adorable reptiles have no shortage of nicknames, often referred to as the two-headed lizard, pinecone lizard, sleepy lizard, bobtail or the stumpy tailed lizard. They are closely related to the well-known blue-tongue lizard and are one of the largest skink species in Australia!
They are true-blue Aussies, found throughout arid regions of South and Western Australia! You might be wondering why their tail looks like their head? This is a defense mechanism used to confuse their predators. If under threat, they will wiggle their tail to draw the attention away from their head. A shingleback’s tail is fat storage and if a predator takes their tail, they can grow it back. Crikey, that’s cool!
These monogamous skinks will mate for life and bear one to two live young every year. Shinglebacks are omnivores and spend daylight hours in search of vegetation such leaves, fruits, flowers and berries, as well as snails and slugs.
Due to their ability to camouflage in the arid Australian environment and the ability to elude predators, they are a thriving species. The shingleback skink is considered a species of least concern. You little ripper!
Up to 45 centimetres
Up to 600 grams
90 - 120 days