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Western Bearded Dragons and West Coast Ctenotus both can survive in cat-free native gardens. They hunt insects and are most active in spring and early summer.

Dragon2Ctenotus fallens - photo Mike Bamford

 

 

Bobtail Skink

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

These common, harmless lizards feed on flowers, leaves, small animals, and carrion. Bobtails are efficient hunters of snails and so are popular visitors to gardens.

Bobtail skinks are live-bearing. Females give birth to one, two or occasionally three live young. The young are born in Austumn.

 

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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