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Behavior of Shingleback Lizard and Important Notes – (Tiliqua Rugosa)

(Last Updated On: 31/01/2017)

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Behavior of Shingleback Lizard

The behavior of Shingleback lizard is that they are very docile, lazy and calm, and so they can be excellent pets to keep in captivity. Shingle Back are usually slow moving lizards but once it is under attack or aggression it can move really fast and with a sudden action that it even makes a human surprise.

Shingle Backs are generally not aggressive lizards, but if two males are kept together they will probably fight because of territorial issues. Males are more aggressive than females and the males may fight if kept in one enclosure, it’s important that the owner keeps them separate for avoiding the fight to break out.

When a Shingle Back behavior is scared, it will flatten its body and will bend in arch shape and will open its mouth wide and will make a hissing sound. This is a warning sign for the human or any other creature to back off or I'm going to attack you. If humans will try to hold Shingle Back in wild, it will probably bite with its strong jaws, however Shingle Backs in captivity will not bite as they are tamer and are used to humans around.

If you have a pair of Shingle Backs you might notice that when feeding, the female will always come first to eat while the male will remain a few paces away and will only eat when the female is full, it is very natural in Shingle Back behavior. This is because males are looking over female to keep a check that there is no male around or any danger.

If your Shingle Back is gaping, making hissing sounds and bobbing its head then it means it doesn’t want to be held or else it will attack, this is important to note in Shingle Back behavior. At this point it is better to leave them along in fact of holding them, though they might not attack but they might get stressed and then sick.

Important notes about Shingle Back

Here are some important notes about Shingleback lizard such as that they can get aggressive at some point and may bite human skin with their powerful jaws. They might bite so hard that it can pierce a human skin which can cause bleeding or bruise. In this case the human should just wipe off the wound with an alcohol pad, don’t very about the venom because Shingle Backs are non venomous lizards and no harm can be done to you.

These important notes can help both the lizard and its owner. Shingle Backs can get infected with reptile ticks very easily which can be found under their scales or in their enclosure. If the owner notices these ticks then it should take the lizard to the vet immediately who will suggest medication to get rid of them.

Shingle Backs can easily be eaten by birds and other reptiles such as snakes or pythons. If the owner has them in captivity and is willing to take them out for a ride then the owner must keep a very close eye on the surrounding to see if there is no predator at sight.

If young shingle Backs are introduced in wild in other areas of the world, their survival chances are very low because they are easily attacked by different animals which can include dogs, cats, birds and others. Keep these important notes about Shingleback lizard in mind and you will be good to go with your pet. 


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