Shingleback or Bobtail


Common Name: Shingleback or Bobtail
Scientific Name: Tiliqua rugosa rugosa
Family: Scincidae (Skinks)
Genus: Tiliqua
Status: Secure – Category 2
Size: SVL 260 – 310mm

—— Description ——
Large, very robust Tiliqua with a broad deep triangular head and short blunt tail. Scales extremely large, irregularly-shaped and rugose. Three subspecies recognised. T. r. rugosa: Tail relatively long and slender. Ground colour pale to dark brown, olive-brown, grey to black, usually marked with irregular, broad to narrow cream, yellow, orange to pale grey bands on body and tail. Head usually paler than ground colour, often boldly flushed with orange. Ventral surfaces cream to white, usually bearing irregular greyish to brownish stripes, bands or blotches.

—— Preferred Habitat ——
Subhumid to arid southern Australia. T. r. rugosa occurs in south-west of range, from about western edge of Nullarbor Plain to lower west coast. Encountered in all terrestrial habitats, though uncommon in wet sclerophyll forests and swamplands. T. r. konowi is restricted to Rottnest Island, WA, on pale sands and limestones supporting low woodland/heathland associations. T. r. asper extends through remaining eastern portion of range, from dry sclerophyll forests to hummock grasslands, chenopod shrublands and sparsely vegetated coastal dunes. Midwestern form is restricted to midwest coast of WA.

—— Micro Habitat ——
Usually shelters in shallow burrows beneath dead vegetation and surface debris. Otherwise as for genus.

The following equipment is needed for this reptile:

  • An adequately sized Reptile Vivarium.
  • A suitable heating source, ie: Heat Element, Heat Mat, Heat Cord and Heat Lamp.
  • Adequate lighting, ie: UVA – UVB.
  • Water Bowl.
  • Other optional products are also available to ensure total comfort for your reptile.