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This is Stumpy - one of a few Stumpys who live in my garden. The ONLY critter I don't mind eating my strawberries.

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Comment by Lissa on December 2, 2015 at 4:57

Phil - I did lock the cats up at night, true. I suppose cats kill at night and dogs during the day.

Christa - no dog food left outside here. Hugo just plains hates them for themselves. They would hide under the pots and general mess around my potting table and Hugo would actively go in moving stuff around to get at them.

Jeff - rats here dine on my seeds and seedlings. They're very health conscious.

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on December 2, 2015 at 4:34

If  blue tongue lizard are eating dog food how much is being eaten by rats.

Comment by Phil on December 1, 2015 at 17:27
You must have had your cats locked up at night then Lissa because everything I've read and seen appears to disagree with this. Especially if the animal goes feral. The problem with cats is that fences don't stop them and as a domesticated species they are still much wilder than dogs. But I've never been owned by one ;-) so correct me if you disagree.
Comment by Christa on December 1, 2015 at 11:27

The blue tongue lizard would be hated by dogs as they often eat their dog food, and then they have to dodge whipper snippers  etc.  We leave pipes and hidey holes around the place for them to hid in.  It would be a shame to see them swallowed up by suburbia with no backyards.

Comment by Lissa on November 30, 2015 at 17:32

My dogs are far more murderous than my cats ever were. The poor cats get the bad rap though.

Comment by Phil on November 30, 2015 at 7:24
Nice. Definitely makes the garden more interesting. While I like dogs I keep hearing that they kill/chase off the garden friendly fauna but ignore the pests/vandals like brush turkeys. I'll think I stay with the native 'pets'.
Comment by Lissa on November 30, 2015 at 5:08

Lovely Barbara. As I've mentioned before my dogs kill these if they come into my yard :(

Comment by Rob Collings on November 29, 2015 at 22:20
The blue tongue naturally has a tapered stumpy type of tale. Because they are skinks, they can throw their tails if under attack, and it takes a year for the tail to fully regenerate. Last resort though, as they keep fat reserves (for the harder times) in the tail. The pet blue tongue at Claudia's kindy loves (picked) blueberries.
Comment by Barbara Tealby on November 29, 2015 at 21:34

I think the Stumpys are all blue-tongues. They do a very good job on any slugs and snails around. They all seem to have those stumpy tails - probably as a result of run-ins with the many (6) dogs living in all the yards adjoining mine.

Comment by Rob Collings on November 29, 2015 at 21:16
Lovely lizard, looks like a blue tongue lizard/skink, or does it have a pink tongue?

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