Lizards and Reptiles

Lizards and Reptiles on the Sunshine Coast

Common Snakes on the Sunshine Coast

Blue-Tongued Lizard

Blue-Tongued Lizard (Tiliqua scincoides)

- Non-Venomous

Squat and non-threatening looking, the eastern blue-tongued lizard has a short body with short appendages. Growing up to 60cm and weighing as much as 1kg as an adult, this reptile is a member of the skink family. Their tails are quite short as well, giving this lizard an overall stocky appearance.

As their name suggests, they have bright blue tongues!
Burton’s Legless Lizard

Burton’s Legless Lizard (Lialis burtonis)

- Non-Venomous

Burton’s Legless Lizards are entirely of the lizard, Pygopodidae family, and are more closely related to geckos than they are snakes.

These lizards are extraordinary looking, with long, slender bodies growing up to over 100cm long – although females tend to grow longer than males. The most noteworthy feature of the lizard is it unique wedge-shaped snout, which tapers to a point. Upper body colours tend to be cream, yellow, brown or grey, with light-coloured bellies.
Pink-Tongued Skink

Pink-Tongued Skink (Cyclodomorphus gerrardii)

- Non-Venomous

The pink-tongued skink grows to up to 45cm at maturity and has a slender body. Their tails are long, usually spanning the same length as their body. They have well-developed limbs with long fingers and sharp nails. Males tend to be slightly larger, with broader heads, than females. True to their name, they have pink tongues! However, they are born with a blue tongue that will change colour as they mature.

Sunshine Coast Snake Identification

The Sunshine Coast region, like many other places in Queensland, is renowned for its snake population. There are many different species of snake on the Sunshine Coast, not to many all the sub-species, and many homeowners – and even business owners – have come across these slippery reptiles on their premises, in places they are not expected to be. Considering the variety of venomous snake species on the Sunshine Coast, it can be highly beneficial to be informed about the various snakes you may encounter.

Identifying a snake is no easy task, even for avid snake enthusiasts. When meeting a snake, they will likely try to flee or hide, which can make successfully identifying it difficult. In some cases, certain snakes can become defensive, rearing up or flattening out their body as they face off a would-be threat. This can also make identifying a snake tricky.

If you should come across a snake in your garden, at home, or within your workplace, it’s always best to call in trained professionals like Snake Rescue Sunny Coast. Our experience and training give us the right tools to not only accurately identify the snake, but also safely remove it from your property and relocate it to the wild. Never approach a snake you don’t recognise as there are many species of snake on the Sunshine Coast that are poisonous, but that can be confused for other, similar-looking non-venomous snakes in the area.

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Service Areas

Areas Covered: Caloundra to Noosa; Beerwah to Pomona;
Maleny to Mapleton and all areas in between.

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