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Reptiles

SOLAR POWERED

When active, a lizard’s body temperature is 35oC.  On warm days, lizards charge themselves on warm rocks, logs and patches of sun in the early morning.  On cool days, lizards don’t need to eat.  They shelter under bark, leaves or fallen timber, and allow their body temperature to  drop.  The ultimate in energy efficiency!

 

LIZARDS OF BANKSIA WOODLAND

gecko Marbled Geckoes hide under bark during the day and hunt at night for invertebrates.  Their large eyes are adapted to their nocturnal habits.  Geckoes’ scales are tiny and their skin soft and velvety. Their sticky toes have tiny, hairy ridges to help them climb.   
 Western Bearded Dragon Western Bearded Dragons sun themselves on upright twigs. Their grey, spikey outline is hard to spot.  This camouflage helps Western Bearded Dragons to hide from predators and creep up on prey without being detected.  Dragons sometimes signal to each other by bobbing their heads or waving their arms.

  Fence Skinks sun themselves on logs and tree trunks in Banksia Woodland.  Once they are warm, they dart after flies and other invertebrates.  On cold days they hide under bark or under cracks in wood.   This one is right at home on our Entry sign!

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 West Coast Ctenotus West Coast Ctenotus snap at invertebrates as they scramble over fallen logs and dart through the leaf litter.  These striped skinks are fast and efficient hunters and can survive in gardens if cats are kept inside.
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Bobtail Skinks amble through the undergrowth snacking on flowers, leaves, small animals, and carrion.  These common, harmless lizards are efficient hunters of snails and so are popular visitors to gardens.

Bobtails do not lay eggs. Females give birth to one, two or occasionally three live young. The young are born in Autumn.

 

SCALY SKIN

Like all reptiles, Bobtail skinks shed their skins to grow. In spring, their discarded, papery skins may sometimes be found in bushland.

 

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Shed skin from the back of a Bobtail

 

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Belly scales are smaller and paler than those on the Bobtail’s back.

 

If you find the shed skin of a reptile, you can tell if it is a lizard or a snake by looking at the shape of the scales. Lizards have scales of a similar shape over their upper and lower bodies. The scales on the belly of a snake are long and narrow.

 

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Snake skin: back above and belly below