Introducing….Bananas

Today I’d like to introduce another member of our ‘wild menagerie’ – Bananas the Blue-tongued Lizard! Named after his (or her) favourite food, Bananas patrols the perimeter of the house most days. Ever since I followed him with a piece of said fruit in hand not long after we moved here, he can frequently be found on the doormat, nose pressed to the door, or loitering around with an expectant air.

Blue-tongued Lizards, also known as Stumpy-tailed Lizards – or ‘Stumpies’ – are territorial beings and excellent guardians if you happen to live in a snake-prone area like the Perth hills. Indeed, the three types of snakes native to this area, Dugites, Tiger Snakes and Death Adders, are all highly venomous and their bites can be fatal. At my last property, a resident Dugite nested and produced snakelings for four years, and with large granite boulders everywhere it was impossible to dislodge her. So, at our current abode, encouraging Bananas with delectable treats to stay in this territory is a win-win for Stumpy and human alike.

I hope you enjoy the photos below, taken during today’s ‘banana visit’.

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Thanks, little friend, we love having you around. I’ll write you into a story sometime. 🙂

Do you have wild visitors around your home, and do you actively encourage or help them out with food, water bowls, nesting boxes or materials, or in other ways?

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3 thoughts on “Introducing….Bananas

    • Hi Satima, well, in precise terms, ‘Stumpy’ is a name used for one particular subspecies of Blue-tongued Lizard (also known as the Blue-tongued Skink, Shingleback Skink, Bobtail or Stumptailed Skink, or Western Shingleback). Bananas is a member of this subspecies, Tiliqua rugosa, the Western Shingleback. But yes, it can get a bit confusing, with so many names! 😉

      I didn’t know about yellow flowers. A friend who had one in her garden fed it peaches, which was the only fruit it was particularly keen on – it would take or leave bananas and other fruit, but couldn’t resist peaches!

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  1. Both Tiliquas, yes, but I’m pretty sure they don’t interbreed, which is the usual defining characteristic of ‘species’. Kissing cousins, at the closest!

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