Thought I saw a snake…

One of the things I love about Sydney is being only 20 minutes from the city centre but having plenty of wildlife on your doorstep (sometimes literally).
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Saw this disappearing into the undergrowth in the garden on Friday and assumed it was a snake. Didn’t have my camera at the time so spent the next few days trying to get a snap. Unfortunately, it was always basking in a place where it saw me before I spotted it…
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…here’s its head visible in the undergrowth. A herpetologist would be able to tell from this that it’s not actually a snake… 

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…eventually caught a better glimpse of it and realised that it was a bit shorter than I’d assumed…and it had legs…

 

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…so a perfectly harmless Eastern Blue Tongue lizard (the black stripe behind the eye was the giveaway)…

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…this actually quite a large one, getting on for 50 cm I reckon…

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…these bricks are 25cm each and it’s about the length of two so that would mean it’s at least two years old.  

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