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We have a breed for the Elmoe
After googling "Australian pine cone scale lizard", it looks like we have a match for my invader yesterday.

Elmoe is in fact an Eastern Shingleback, from the blue tongue lizard/skink family. The Eastern Shingleback are in fact the largest of the Shinglebacks. (How lucky am I?!?!) And even better than that, shinglebacks are EXTREMELY monogomous and therefore there is a very good chance that its mate is close as well. They breed in the spring. There may be another one laying around in wait with two young'uns ready to pounce.

I may never leave the house again. Which is a shame, as all my work clothes are on the clothes line in the backyard.

On the plus side, he/she/it isn't poisionous, and is mostly a herbivore though they will eat insects and stuff. But still, it's not something I would want to see in my house. Ever. Again.

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Hey, if it's not poisonous and eats bugs, that's a GOOD thing. I mean, I wouldn't want it inside my house, either, but knowing there was a family of big-ass lizards chillin' in the yard and keeping the bug population down? That's actually kind of useful.

Yeah, that is a good thing. The only thing is I am a wee bit of a coward when it comes to amphibians and reptiles. I also keep imagining I can feel something crawling over my foot.

I know that if you give me a week to get used to the idea, I'll be fine with it, and shall even it give a better name than Elmoe. At the moment though, the back lawn needs mowing, and I can't help but wonder who/what else is hiding out there. I'm going to call my mower service this afternoon and get them to come this week.

Love the icon BTW.

I dunno, I think Elmo is a pretty good name for a big lizard. Also, I like reptiles and amphibians, but you knew this. :)

Think of it as your very own ongoing natural history experiment to explore, identify and document all the various plants and critters in your own backyard.

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