Ever since I saw the illustration above several years ago (the artist is my friend the very talented Ian Jackson) I’ve wanted to meet a blue-tongued skink Tiliqua scincoides.
I mean, how cool are they? “I’m not going to run away from you: I can’t be arsed. I’ll just stick my tongue out at you instead, so there!” Fat Lizard Attitude.
Sitting reading and eating an apple in the shade of the gum tree in my back garden on Sunday afternoon, I heard rustling and turned around carefully (always turn around carefully in Australia, there are all sorts of critters lurking and smacking their venomous lips) to see… a lovely big blue tongued skink blinking at me.
I gave him my apple core and he licked it and blinked some more, then crushed it and swallowed it.
‘Course my mobile phone memory was full so none of the pictures I took were saved. But now I am going to stalk him at lunchtimes until I get a decent photo. Watch this space.