Our Lizard of the Week is the Burton's Legless Lizard.
Just like many other lizard species, Legless Lizards are often spotted in September when their breeding season begins.
The Burton's Legless Lizard is often mistaken for a snake at first glance - it's an easy mistake to make. However, the Burton's Legless Lizard is actually more closely related to geckos than to snakes.
There are key differences between snakes and this deceptive looking lizard. A good one to look for is the shape of its face. A Burton's Legless Lizard has a wedge-shaped snout that sets it apart from both snakes and other lizards.
The lizard of the week is the well known and well loved Blue-Tongue Lizard.
You will start to see blue-tongues in spring as they emerge from their winter homes to look for mates. They are only active during the day which makes them easy to spot.
While not venomous, they can give a painful bite with their impressive jaw strength. Picking them up incorrectly can also make them drop their tails. Although technically a defence mechanism to help them escape predators, tail loss isn't good for blueys. It is where they store water and nutrients for winter hibernation. A lot of energy is needed to regrow a lost tail.
We must have blue tongues who mated early. Seen 2 babies this week. The things you do in isolation!
My late mother had one living in her mango trees for years. He became very tame over time and would not rush away when she came near.
I've had one living in the garden for a few years now
My mother took a tick off one once and the next day he had brought his mate to the back step to get his ticks off too
I have not seen one in my backyard since last year 😢
Saw one today in my front garden
Yes they are certainly making an appearance at the moment
We had one that hung around in our outside loo for years.
I haven't seen any in years boo hoo
B.. cats around us kill the ones here because irresponsible owners let them out.
My late father had a Blue Tongue regularly attack his Strawberry patch at . The holiday home. On the Mid North Coast of NSW .
Everytime dad found the Bluey in his Strawberry patch . He would give it a piece of his mind .
In return the Bluey would stick it's Strawberry flavoured tongue out at my father.
They love strawberries& tomatoes my lot
Yes on Sunday was a beautiful blue tongue sitting under my bird cage. I was really happy to see they are still around.
We have blue tongues living in our yard, often hiding under the leaves of vegetables. There s always a container of water out for them, which they seem to enjoy. Beautiful creatures
Love the blue tonges but when people let cats roam around they attack them and then they either leave or if they are hurt to bad they die
Already have them in my yard sunning themselves. They are so amazing.
I love the lizards I give them water and food when in my yard
Gutted to loose one to the hunting instinct of my dog a few days ago. So injured I had to put the poor lizard down. Cried. Any Ideas of how to keep blue tongues safe when they come into the yard?
We had one in a garden bed under bedroom window. Could hear him crunching on brown snails at night
We have them here and one very vocal one next to our deck.cant see it though
Gwen& Fiona definitely the dude we saw the other day sunning himself! Maybe he had 'dropped' his tail!
I had a female who had babies - in our yard-❤️unforgettable experience
Love our lizards. Haven’t ever seen one quite this colouring yet - here’s hoping.
I have mum and baby hang in my compost bin .. They get bananna pieces in summer time .. 🙂
Ashley De Souza I think the lizard we saw was a land mullet lizard. Blue tongues are a bit more stripey.
The Lace Monitor (or goanna) is our Lizard of the Week.
September is the start of breeding season for Lace Monitors - a time to find a mate and a termite mound.
During spring or summer, the female Lace Monitor lays 4 to 14 eggs inside a termite nest. The termites seal up the entry hole and the heat of the nest incubates the eggs.
While Lace Monitor parents help dig new hatchlings out of the nest, there is little parental involvement after that. Baby Lace Monitors hide in trees and put on aggressive displays to avoid being eaten until they have grown bigger.
I have them living on my property, I saw one the other day about 1mtr long strolling past the loungeroom window, I have 7 1/2 acres but they like it close around the house.
Saw a beautiful one at Glen Eden resort in Perigian Qld last week 👍❤️
Wait till the cane toads arrive... we have lost all ours...plus snakes, bandicoots, & native cats ( quolls).
Love them but not when they're heading towards a Kingfisher hollow. Must admit I've thrown a few rocks in the past.
We saw our first one today in my courtyard
We live at Glendon Brook and hav 2 a large and small Goannas on our property they sure do like our Chicken and Duck eggs ahggg do they keep the snakes away as we didn't c any snakes last summer but we had a snake about 1 month ago xx
They steal the eggs every year but, last summer a very big one tried to take my Chinese Silky luckily my son saved her.
Had one pop into one of the birdboxes in a backyard tree. Luckily the resident possum wasn't home at the time. While LM was out + about hubby blocked up the entrance + eventually he left for greener pastures!
Really pretty lizards but don't muck about with them.
They have formidable claws, use their tails like whips and can be quite agressive.
Why the name change from Goanna to Lace Monitor?
Havnt seen any yet
Thy are very cruel
David Arnold, show Harry
Rather that than a snake !!!
You won’t love them if you have chooks they like the eggs and are very clever at finding a way to get them
Bush Tucker Great Chewing Mate
Have had many encounters with these guys.. i so respect them..and like them..even though they have been right shites over many years.. one wee one used to come into the hut where i was living and i always made sure there was water for him..he was very gentle and intelligent...and legs..i like legs...ipso facto..do NOT welcome snakes..lol.
Insect Month closes with everyone's favourite symbol of summer - the cicada.
The team at Cicadarama are expecting a bumper Australian cicada season this year. Follow their page to take part in cicada citizen science and buy cicada merchandise.
Australia is home to the richest diversity of cicadas on the planet, with 350 named species and another 400 waiting to be scientifically described. Experts believe there could be as many as 1000 species across Australia.
If you hear a wasp buzzing loudly in your garden or find a wasp's nest under your eaves or attached to your house or shed, don't panic. They may be Mud dauber Wasps which look a bit scary with their b...
Love mud wasps, worth leaving wet mud around for them. They just need a puddle. Only the paper wasps are persona non grata around the house, but welcome to the forest.
I have never been bitten by a mud wasp despite always having them around,bitten more than once however by paper wasps and the occasional bee.try to keep the paper wasps up high and out of any shrubs that you can inadvertently brush as mere close proximity doesn’t appear to be enough to provoke an attack.basically happy to coexist with most critters.
They have been a little quite around here lately
Otherwise known as 'Dump trucks' for the amount of dirt they move
I prefer spiders. My home is spider friendly.
When I was sick I watched a mud wasp build a nest above my head ( no fly screens ) while lying in bed .😂🐩
Very interesting thankyou.
I don't hate wasps.....
.....paper wasps have to live somewhere else, but I don't hate them
Great piece of info to share
Love dangly leg mud wasps, I think my house is made of mud under the bricks..... 🤣😂🤣They come every year, I have almost convinced my grandchildren that they are good wasps.
Yeah I do
They kill or the spiders
Interesting but I don't like them
And of course, they sting bigtime! 🙂
I hate European wasps! Mud wasps though are cute 💛
I like them, if you try and get rid of them thats when they go for you. They were in several potplants on my verandah and we just left them alone, none of us got stung, used to come every year.
I’ve never had a problem with them, and they are welcome in my garden, yes they do sting and it’s hurts, but when they feel threatened, and yes I was stung once by one who was dragging a spider and I nearly stood on it.
WHITE ANGLO SAXON PROTESTANTS ?
But they sting !!!!
It's dead is it?
Mud wasps make homes for their young in your air compressor and other electric tools , good luck repairing them and also they make your house look ugly with large clumps of clay mud thats very difficult to get off 😡
The sure make a mess and I get rid of them
❓❓❓Have you ever seen a Praying Mantis? Or their distinctive egg case?
The Praying Mantis is a common Backyard Buddy with large, googly eyes and powerful front legs. They use their raptorial (prey catching) front legs to snatch and hold other small animals.
The name ‘praying’ originates from the pose they hold their front legs in – as if they were praying.
There are approximately 150 species of Praying Mantis in Australia. They belong to a family of insects called Mantidae, or mantids.
See the comments below for a photo of a Praying Mantis egg case. Their egg case is a spongey cube, often seen attached to sticks or window sills. Hundreds of baby mantid nymphs can hatch out of one egg case. They look cute but don't be fooled, they will happily eat their siblings if hungry enough!
I had a mantid eggcase on my clothesline and it hatched in front of me. It was amazing...hundreds of tiny praying mantis emptying out. I caught all I could and put them safely in the garden.
We had one on our window in Hedland, the kids would check it each day as we had a window seat (ha ha so to speak) it was beautiful to watch and when it they hatched out and all the babies spread across the window, twas a beautiful sight.🤗🤗
I was watching a pair of Mantids in the garden of my home mateing, next thing she turns her head around and bit his head clean off, I watched stunned as she chewed on it! That’s nature for you!
I saw the first one in a lot of years last month,it was clinging onto a piece of carpet that was outside,other than that,we used to have a fern growing outside the lounge room,could always find one there.:)
They are curious. I try to get close up for photos and they jump onto the camera, lol, when I'm not ready. 😁
Unlike birds, bees don't need you to get out your hammer and saw and spend an afternoon in the shed. Bee hotels are much easier to make than bird houses. Native Australian bees are mostly solitary and...
Have you ever lifted a pot plant or scraped back some mulch and found some curious little 'Roley Poley' bugs underneath?
These are slaters, also known as Roley Poleys, Pill Bugs, or Wood Lice. Just like worms, slaters are great for your garden as they eat organic matter and return nutrients to the soil. Having a few slaters around will keep your plants happy and healthy.
Today 2 August is National Tree Day . National Tree Day calls for all Australians to give back to their community by planting trees and shrubs to improve the natural environment, which helps our Backyard Buddies to survive and thrive . If you are not able to plant a tree yourself, a donation of $10 to @parks_foundation will help plant and maintain one tree to regenerate affected land and create/restore wildlife habitats as part of our Plant A Tree For Me! initiative . Learn more about Plant A Tree For Me! by clicking the link in bio or by visiting www.plantatreeforme.org.au/ . . . #NationalTreeDay#PlantATreeForMe#HealingOurLand#fnpw#backyardbuddies... See MoreSee Less
Five days after recording Georgie’s disappearance, Sydney Wildlife got a call from St Ives Vet Surgery about beautiful green parrot that has just been found.
Vesna Antic couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the video and photos taken by St Ives Veterinary Surgery - Georgie had travelled 35 kilometres! Watch the video to hear Georgie telling the vets his name
The first thing Georgie did when he got home was have some cuddles and a bath (see pictures in comments).
We taised one, that fell oit of a tree in oir yard. Got it
back to the mother when it started flying. Named it Oscar, after the kid's show character. Answered to his name for years!!.
Fantastic!! love Tawny's, absolutely one of my fav's
We had a big jacaranda tree in our back yard in a former house we had. Every year they (the owls) would build their nest in it. They make terrible nest and as a result some fall out. We had one fall out but because the tree was so big we were unable to put the baby owl back but there were some nice people in the area that looked after wild life. They took the baby owl and when the owl is old enough they bring it back to area where it fell and I’m told they eventually end up with their family because they stay in the area. They are fascinating.
Just amazing, they are bonding so quickly with eachother. Amazing babies 🤗😄😆😚
That's adorable. Special special birds...they should be part of our national icon series.....
Oh those remarkable eyes. Love all owls!!🌻💛🦉
We are building nest boxes and would like to build one for these gorgeous birds. What dimensions do they need?
A pair in my local park... Mostly in the same tree, same branch every day
One of my favorite birds! Love their expressions!
I love this photo! The front row are a riot ❤️❤️
Never too many. Such cool birds.
Love these birds, so much expression 🥳
LOVE tawnies!! My favourite birds- along with the clowns of the cocky world- sulphurs!! Xxxx
Used to get Tawny’s when we had the house at Molendinar.😁
I love the expressions on their faces 😄
They are so very beautiful
Just love their facial expressions
I can imagine what number six was like 💕
The only Parliament I really like. So beautiful.
Top two don't look too pleased either!
Oh I love Owls 🦉
Amazing expressions! 👍👍👍
They look little know alls🥰🤠🤠
Sue Pollock they are gorgeous thank you for sending them. X