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Dundee's first encounter with a Blue Tongue

Goldfields
October 30th, 2010, 03:16 AM
I removed this little fellow from the dog yard because he was cold and trying to find shelter around the base of a very young, small tree. Dundee was the only one to spot it.

So I let him have a look before I took the photo. When he thought it was edible and had a snap at it, it was time to let it go find shelter.

Melinda
October 30th, 2010, 04:10 AM
oh wow!!! will they hurt the dogs? that is really neat, do you have a lot of them around there?

Goldfields
October 30th, 2010, 04:40 AM
I think there is a tendency to bite and hang on, Melinda, so you wouldn't want your dog bitten, and I believe wounds from them can be infected easily. They grow to a foot or more in length, that one is just a baby. Dundee didn't know whether his devotion to me was more important than his love for this lizard, so it was "Wait for me" finally, when I walked away. Oh, yes, they are pretty common where I live. They give you a fright if you nearly step on one in long grass because they sort of hiss at you. Open their mouth really wide to show that blue tongue in order to frighten you. Sometimes they succeed. :D

Love4himies
October 30th, 2010, 06:08 AM
Oh what an interesting little critter :eek:.

Goldfields
October 30th, 2010, 07:54 AM
Meant to add, a lot of people keep them as pets, while some think of them only as pests, you see they are rather partial to eating strawberries too if they can get to them. There is an old wive's tale that if you have Blue Tongues around the place, you won't have snakes, but that's a joke, we've always had both.

Melinda
October 30th, 2010, 08:01 AM
oh man, what an interesting place you live it! I'm tickled pink to find a little garden snake here and a few newts! imagine finding that gorgeous specimen in your yard! oh and we'd get along just great, I don't like strawberries either and we have tons of wild ones in our yard/field

Goldfields
October 30th, 2010, 09:35 AM
Melinda, although this is supposedly not an area they frequent, we do also get the frill neck lizard, the one that, when disturbed, will fan its frill right out and stand up on its hind legs so it looks more formidable. And I wouldn't know that except that when I was walking a dog in the forest opposite us many years ago, we disturbed a frill neck and it got up like that and chased my dog in a big circle. :D I had her on a lead so had to run to let her get away from it, and wasn't she a doll for not killing it? I was killing myself laughing at this big tough cattle dog running from a lizard. Susie, the last red girl we had would have chewed it up. The old Blue Tongue is a sleepy, slow lizard, but those little frill necks can really move. We also have literally hundreds of tiny, for a lack of their proper name, drop tail lizards too. If they are caught they drop their tail, hoping whatever has caught them will be more interested in that than them. They might be skinks, I'm not sure. And in that forest we also have the big goannas. I've walked dogs in there often enough to know where the goanna trees are, with hollow branches where they camp, also where the trees are with Wedge Tail eagle nests in them. It's a State Forest and for a lot of the year these creatures are undisturbed. Too wet in Winter, too risky to drive in there in Summer because of the bushfire risk.

hazelrunpack
October 31st, 2010, 08:59 PM
That's a lovely lizard, GF!

Goldfields
November 1st, 2010, 07:06 PM
Dundee thought so, Hazel. Maybe they do smell good enough to eat where dogs are concerned. Unlike tortoises. :D That's not a very FAT dog by the way, it's a very pregnant one. Sweetie had 11 pups in her first and only litter, and we found really good homes for all of them.

hazelrunpack
November 1st, 2010, 08:15 PM
Ember found a good-sized box turtle trying to cross the yard one year...not sure how it got inside the fence but it needed help getting out cuz it couldn't find the gate. Ember escorted it, drooling over it all the way. It was a rather slobbery turtle by the end of it's Hazel Run Adventure! :laughing:

Goldfields
November 2nd, 2010, 01:30 AM
She was just trying to keep it hydrated till it found water. LOL.

Melinda
November 2nd, 2010, 07:36 AM
we have many turtles in our yard, they use it to cross from one side of the highway to the swamp out back, Brina will paw the small painted turtles but knows better than to attempt to get close to the huge snappers, so far she hasn't gotten bit.

Goldfields
November 2nd, 2010, 09:44 AM
Do you have any photo's of them, Melinda? I'd love to see more of the wildlife where you are. I came accross another, smaller, Blue Tongue lizard today but didn't go for the camera, I was on my way to do some mowing.

Dog Dancer
November 2nd, 2010, 10:27 AM
What great pics. Dundee looks enthralled! I don't think Halo would eat one of those either. She's probably pick it up, but then would drop it again. Australia has some amazing creatures. I took a gazillion pictures of the animals when we were there when I was younger, none of the region, just the animals.

Goldfields
November 11th, 2010, 11:00 PM
Don't know if it's the same lizard, just grown a bit, but found this one in amongst the flowers where the Iceberg roses are. I had wondered why some of the Gypsophila had been knocked over, it probably like the taste. That daisy like weed he is on is one they love. They will take the whole flower head off and eat it. We discovered they will also fight over the carrot tops we used to throw out when feeding the ponies. I wondered how come they were disappearing until the day I found a young, really stressed out blue tongue being harassed by a big fellow, all for the carrot tops. I took this young guy here for a walk in a bucket and left him out on the nature strip.
I was pleased with a friend who brings plants out for my garden quite often, he said he saw a frill neck lizard with its head trapped in some chicken wire in town and did go to the trouble to see if it was alive, even though he thought it looked dead. The tail swished so he got some wire cutters and off it went. I do applaud a good samaritan like that.:thumbs up

Whereabouts in Oz did you go, Dog Dancer?

chico2
November 13th, 2010, 04:06 PM
GF,I like Lizards very much,ever since I got close and personal with an Iguana in Mexico,a beautiful specimen and I love the little Geckos.
That Blue-tongue looks beautiful but very scaly..