Bluey, New South Wales, Australia

Reptiles are like coffee! You either like it or not. Fortunately, there’s plenty of both in Australia.

Our local resident in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Our local resident in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

While most foreign tourist often freeze when they see these cold-blooded ground dwellers, I am rather intrigued by them. They play an important role in any ecosystem.

A healthy blue tongue lizard in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

A healthy blue tongue lizard in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

‘Bluey’ is what Australians charmingly call a Bluetongue Lizard. 

A striking blue tongue, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

A striking blue tongue, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Their striking blue tongue looks surreal and acts as a warning signal. It is the only defense system these reptiles have.

Moving on slowly in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Moving on slowly in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

No wonder they move very cautiously and prefer to stay undetected in bush scrubs. They are at the bottom of the food chain. Larger lizards, snakes, and birds of prey being their biggest natural enemy.

Short legs, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Short legs, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Blue Tongue lizards are in the skink reptile family. Skinks have relatively short legs in comparison to their body length, they can’t outrun much faster predators. Speed is definitely not on their side. Instead, they move rather careful through the underground, keeping a low profile.

Camouflaged patterns, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Camouflaged patterns, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Their stripy patterns keeping them well camouflaged. 

A sunny patch in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

A sunny patch in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

It isn’t uncommon for reptiles to make suburbia their home and territory. And this Bluey does that at our home in Coffs Harbour. Like most reptiles, Blueys are more active during the summer months. 

Keeping a good eye on surroundings in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Keeping a good eye on the surroundings in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

She crawls out of her burrow underneath a concrete block near the entrance on a regular basis and keeps very still.

Careful moving along, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Careful moving along, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

It’s only when she moves through the undergrowth, that we can hear her or see grass or twigs moving.

Did they spot me? Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Did they spot me? Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

She looks rather cute when she tries to stay undetected when she has been spotted. But we have a few tricks up our sleeves to tease her into the open grassland.

Fruity menu in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Fruity menu in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Bluey is a ground-foraging omnivore, feeding on a wide variety of insects, gastropods, flowers, fruits, and berries. This keeps the cockroach population at bay.  Bananas are by far his favourite fruit, particularly when they are overripe.

I can smell bananas, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

I can smell bananas, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

A bit curious and doubtful at starters, she just can’t resist the banana smell.

It’s not far, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

It’s not far, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

It could be a fatal mistake in moving to open grass.

On second thoughts, it is a risk! Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

On second thoughts, it is a risk! Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

A thought that needs consideration.

It’s just too tempting, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

It’s just too tempting, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

The blue tongue picks up the scent from afar as Bluey decides to follow the fruity scent.

Mhhh, banana! Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Mhhh, banana! Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

First the banana, yummo .

Never mind the stick, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Never mind the stick, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

It doesn’t take long for her to chew it up.

What’s next on the menu? Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

What’s next on the menu? Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Is there any more? Yes there is! She likes berries as well.

Juicy boysenberry, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Juicy boysenberry, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Making a bit off a mess with boysenberries, they are more than a mouthful.

More then a mouthful, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

More than a mouthful, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

She is not wasting any off this delicious fruit. This was the reaction I hoped for and gave me a perfect photo opportunity, knowing Bluey wouldn’t just swallow the whole berry in one. Too cute. The contrast in colors adds to the photo aspect.

Licking her plate, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Licking her plate, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Licking up all the juices from her plate as well.

Blueberry for dessert, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Blueberry for dessert, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Blueberries are just as tasty and swallowed in one.

A delightful menu in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

A delightful menu in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Bluey does like fresh fish too, who would have thought. Tuna seems to be more in favour than mackerel, a real gourmet foodie. We only had one photo shoot with Bluey as we didn’t want to take any further risks to her health. I believe our house guest is female. Her body is fairly wide as if she is about to hatch her offspring. I hope she does, that would be just awesome. That is just my guess though. Bluey enjoys a stroll through the house on hot days too.

Staying undetected in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Staying undetected in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

She scared the jeepers out of me a few times when I spotted a glimpse off her out of the corner of my eye, rushing towards the couch. Phew, that fat body with small legs could easily be mistaken for a snake. They live in Australian suburbia too.

Stay safe Bluey, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Stay safe Bluey, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

I really hope that Bluey will claim her territory here for years to come. It would benefit humans as well as Bluey. 

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