He’s back. (Lens-artist photo challenge : Patterns.)

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We haven’t seen our resident bluetongue lizard for 2-3 months. They are cold-blooded reptiles and at the onset of winter, all bluetongues enter a dormant phase, called “brumation”,  though this is not a true hibernation. On the warmest winter days they may come out to bask for short periods but no feeding takes place.

Then today on my morning stroll around the garden I saw him sunning on his regular rock. Jack rushed off to bring him some meat. blue tongue garden 021_4000x3000I had gone round the garden looking for “patterns” as this is the theme from Leya for this weeks “Lens-artists photo challenge”. How perfect is this… blue tongue garden 021 patternThe lovely combination of browns, creams, fawns and that tinge of rust. Notice how the colours blend with the rock. Look at his tiny leg, when he is warmed up he can slither quite quickly under the rock. blue tongue garden 023 headI tried to catch his tongue, it is quite long, but the camera was not fast enough, this was all I caught of that bright blue tongue.

Thank you Bluey for turning up today…


  1. Reading your post taught me about Brumation. I have never heard of that before. Your close up photos of the lizard are really good. I’ve seen these lizards before but never observed them as carefully as you have here.

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  2. Brumation? I am not alone my computer’s spell check does not know that word either.
    I looked it up and learned it is shorter than saying ‘Bluetongues are not very active in winter.’
    But a few extra words are not wasted when you are talking to people like me,
    Who just assumed you meant hibernation.
    Bluetongues are harmless and can be handled, once they loose their fear, they like warm hands.
    I like them to stay cautious that’s why I use a long piece of wire to feed them.
    I have hidden short pieces of PVC pipe all around our fence line so they have shelter from predators Like dogs and cats. Every year around spring one comes out from a specially built hideaway.
    Pauline usually notices them first they are our friends there are no snails or slugs in our garden.

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  3. A completely perfect time for this little one to come out and display his patterns! In harmony with his surroundings as well – lovely shots. The blue tongue shows even if not that much – but I guess they are fast.
    And – I learned a new word, brumation, thank you for that as well. A very pleasant part of blogging is about words too! Wishing you two – or three – a lovely Sunday!

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  4. Never heard of this creature Pauline – you Aussies do get some amazing critters over there! So glad you caught a piece of that tongue, the color is amazing! He works for our pattern challenge as well as last week’s blue!

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    • I wish I could catch his tongue out. They open their mouth wide, stick the tongue ou, swell their neck and hiss to scare away predators. They look quite scary. But that is only if they are cornered, usually they will run away


  5. What a lovely garden resident! We have some common lizards in our backyard. I have noticed fewer snails…Jack has me wondering if they’re helping there? I’ll do some research to see what they eat.

    I’ve seen in a zoo the blue tongued skink. Are these two related?

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  6. Certainly a good choice for patterns. The lizard actually looks a lot like a snake. still beautiful though (and o are snakes but the are a eerie beautiful due to our experience/ learned knowledge of them

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