Sunday, November 05, 2006

Sunday squamate

A couple of reptile images from that field trip I mentioned that took place a month or so ago.

Hemisphaeriodon gerrardii, Pink tongued skinkIt looks a bit like a blue-tongue only its tongue is pink. So guess what it's called?

Hemisphaeriodon gerrardii, Pink tongued skinkYup, a pink tongue. Hemisphaeriodon gerrardii to be precise. It's a nocturnal, largely arboreal skink with impressive hooked claws and a flexible tail for climbing. During frogging forays they are occasionally spotted hanging on happily a few metres up a tree trunk.

They've reputedly got a tremendous amount of bite force, used in separating snail shells from their owners (don't tell Snail!).


Snail said...

Don't tell Snail. Too late!

Here's one of those projects that crosses my mind from time to time but which I'll never do ... collecting poo from wild pink tongues to see what snails they've been eating. Even if they don't swallow the shells, they'll swallow the radulae. Chances are that they will pass through the gut undigested.

PBD said...

I love your blog! would you happen to know if those skinks drop their tail?

Ever thought about contributing to wikipedia?