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Wild Eastern blue tongue

Postby alichamp » Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:48 pm

Spotted this beautiful guy in the rock piles in our backyard last spring (October). Easterns are born in summer so was probably about 9 months old at the time of photo. I left him a small tub of water and mouthful of dog food just in case and left him to it. When I went back to clear it up he'd moved on (or hiding). Thanks for visiting! Grow well little one!!
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Re: Wild Eastern blue tongue

Postby kingofnobbys » Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:38 am

a good looking little bt.

Been petty cold, "WINDY" & "a TAD wet" , so I expect the little skink will be curled up somewhere sheltered and dry ( likely in the shed, garage, under the house ) and hunkered down til it warms up again.

Not seen any of my resident wild water skinks , or heard the geckos for the last 3 or 4 days either.

Wont have gone far.
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Re: Wild Eastern blue tongue

Postby Janella » Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:05 pm

That's amazing. What a beauty.
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Re: Wild Eastern blue tongue

Postby splashy07 » Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:48 am

If those things were in my backyard I'd never leave the house. I'd lose my job, starve to death unless I could buy food online...........
Oh lucky you!!
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Re: Wild Eastern blue tongue

Postby mb606587 » Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:44 pm

Always nice to see photos of wild BTS. Such a foreign concept to me on this side of the world.
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Re: Wild Eastern blue tongue

Postby lalat » Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:12 pm

I was hoping to find a wild thread :)
ive got a resident myself, "naga" indonesian for dragon, also means reptile, lizard monster, in alot of world dialects

shes a common eastern, terrified me at first. she somehow got into my house during the drought we had, came crawling from under my bed and almost was a victim of a snake misidentification clobbering

fast forward a few weeks, shes a regular visitor. sometimes disapearing for days only to return when we have floods

I never considered myself a lizard person, infact on that very first day I have to admit to throwing this green repulsive hissing thing onto the lounge chair from the floor to get it outside as quick as I can!

but..we are friends now :)
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shes oftern found curled up in obscure places like empty computer case drivebays, baking on windowsils

and my favorate
asleep ontop of my router because its warm and flat on a cold day

something ive termed, network monitor :)
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Re: Wild Eastern blue tongue

Postby Janella » Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:46 pm

That is just so amazing. I couldn't even imagine.
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Re: Wild Eastern blue tongue

Postby kingofnobbys » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:59 am

lalat wrote:I was hoping to find a wild thread :)
ive got a resident myself, "naga" indonesian for dragon, also means reptile, lizard monster, in alot of world dialects

shes a common eastern, terrified me at first. she somehow got into my house during the drought we had, came crawling from under my bed and almost was a victim of a snake misidentification clobbering

fast forward a few weeks, shes a regular visitor. sometimes disapearing for days only to return when we have floods

I never considered myself a lizard person, infact on that very first day I have to admit to throwing this green repulsive hissing thing onto the lounge chair from the floor to get it outside as quick as I can!

but..we are friends now :)
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shes oftern found curled up in obscure places like empty computer case drivebays, baking on windowsils

and my favorate
asleep ontop of my router because its warm and flat on a cold day

something ive termed, network monitor :)


I stll reckon there's a strong likelihood she's so ubertame and friendly that she's either a lost or dumped pet , and she's definitely decided she likes you and your house is part of her territory now. She's a skink who wants to be a pet and have her own personal human slave.

I've had similar experiences with wild eastern water dragons, wild eastern water skinks , and green tree frogs . Had one particular and very special water skink who was regular house guest for over 6 years and even camped out inside over most winters , who was so tame she was taking insects from my fingers , and another who lived in my garage who learnt to come when I called her and loved bits of fresh raw shelled prawns ( bait ) as a treat - a discovery I made by accident one day when I got home form fishing for live bait (yellowtail and mullet) and dropped a bit of thawed prawn on the floor, she was ontop it in a flash, loved dead crickets and mealworms .
My garage dwelling skink became so tame I often had to pick her up and move her out the way when I was working in the shed ( very curious skink had to investigate everything ).
We tell visitors ( especially women ) not to leave open handbags of shopping bags on the floor o the lounge , our "house skink" found things like that irresistible and would soon be investigating it's contents very thoroughly and was at risk of becoming a "bag stowaway" and going home with them by accident.

When my mum was living in Forster Keys , she had a regular "wild" bt who often came inside , to raid her little dog's water dish and food dish ( she even found it curled up on her day bed and on her bed a few times). Her response was she'd drop a bath towel over it , pick it up and deposit in the vacant lot she had next door.

When I was kid ( in the 60s and 70s ) wild bluetongues and bearded dragons and frogs were very common pets , mostly "come and go" pets . was a rite of passage for most little boys and tomboys especially if they lived in a rural or semi rural area or close to areas of bush . Pet magpies , wallabies and possums were also common .

Been my experience with "resident in the house" skinks and geckos and frogs that they very rarely poo inside the house , I think they poo outside because it's instinctive to poo outside "their territory" so as not to attract predators like snakes and larger predatory lizards.


I think you'll have similar relationship with this bluetongue .
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Re: Wild Eastern blue tongue

Postby lalat » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:08 am

she has a good slave :) and a mobile sleeping bag to sleep in

eg

https://youtu.be/-R_87Jk9hiQ



I dropped by here to ask about a similarly free range captive pet :) its great to see the species appreciated more than just "rarrr just let it die in drought!!1" response

lovely place
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Re: Wild Eastern blue tongue

Postby alichamp » Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:14 am

Thanks for sharing lalat (and welcome!).
Amazing that you have a wild bluey that's decided to live at your place, and I love that you leave it to do its thing without forcing ownership of it. Such a lucky bluey (and person!)! :thumbs:
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Re: Wild Eastern blue tongue

Postby lalat » Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:11 pm

Thanks! :) its been quite an experience
ive grown up with magpies visiting and hand feeding from the early 80s and as a 39 year old bloke, ive got my own family of magpies that visit

nagas basically a flightless green magpie :)

one thing Id like to ask
the easterns you found in your garden, theyre a different colour to naga. I never saw her as a baby so I wouldnt know, ive had people comment on her more grey colour, shes recently shed and stayed the same so not sure

got any more pictures? id love to see
its good to see someone with alot of love and respect for common skinks too :)
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Re: Wild Eastern blue tongue

Postby kingofnobbys » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:22 am

My skinks ( eastern bts and eastern water skinks ) darken up a bit prior to their sheds.

Their colours are much brighter afterwards ( it's like they are brand-new skinks afterwards ) .
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Re: Wild Eastern blue tongue

Postby alichamp » Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:54 pm

There's a surprising variation in the colour of Easterns I find. There's the more grey colouring that you have lalat but there's also more of these warmer orange type colours and we typically get those around our area.

I don't have any more pics of this guy, it was just the one interaction (quick hold, photo and off he goes) but here's a pic of another wild eastern that I saw a few years ago, not in my backyard but in my region. Again the warmer rusty type colouring.

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Re: Wild Eastern blue tongue

Postby lalat » Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:18 pm

https://youtu.be/M1kdQAySoxQ

I found this, seems to be our kind of thing :)
ill reply later (work now)

thanks both for getting back to me too
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Re: Wild Eastern blue tongue

Postby kingofnobbys » Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:31 pm

lalat wrote:https://youtu.be/M1kdQAySoxQ

I found this, seems to be our kind of thing :)
ill reply later (work now)

thanks both for getting back to me too


Gotta love water skinks …. they are full of personality and know when they are on a good thing.

Those little head nods are very endearing .

That resident huntsman better wait out if gets on the floor , that water skink will make a meal of it ( one leg at a time ).

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