Seasonal Almanac

White dew: flocks of birds gather grain (4 of 5)

March 20th, 2009

White dew 14 of 15For a while, Redmond has been talking about a new scaly friend who has moved to the backyard underneath the house, directly beneath the bathroom. Redmond first saw this Eastern blue-tongued lizard (Tiliqua scincoides scincoides) a few of weeks ago. At that time the poor reptile just had an accident and lost part of his tail. Unbeknownst to me (until now), Redmond has been feeding him eggs and making friends with him.

When we lived down the road in Thirroul, a female blue-tongued  gave birth to a litter of live youngs in the backyard. The tiny lizards were exactly miniaturised versions of their mother. These members of the skinks family are relatively common in surburban backyards and vulnerable to a variety of backyard hazards such as eating poisoned snails and slugs, being preyed on by dogs, cats and kookabarras, as well as unknowingly and savagely killed by lawn mowers.

2 Responses to “White dew: flocks of birds gather grain (4 of 5)”

  1. 1 Lucas in Petersham
    March 30th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    feeding him eggs you say? will that have unwanted repercussions later, I wonder, if he gets a taste for chook eggs?

  2. 2 jolaw
    March 31st, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    You may have a point there, Lucas. A bit like this unfortuante incident here: http://www.photonicsmedia.net/seasonal-almanac/880