Now the weather is warming up I’m seeing quite a few lizards in the garden. This one was relaxing by the pergola so I was able to get a few photos.
I have to admit that I am not sure what this is. I think it is too slender to be a Blue Tongued Lizard and is probably some variety of skink.
I found a description of the She-Oak Skink which seems rather similar to this one but as I know very little about reptiles I’d only be guessing. The Parks & Wildlife website where I went to look for descriptions of lizards uses a lot of big words and assumes you know something about reptiles. It did describe the She-Oak Skink as slender and snake-like which this one is. Once they started talking about Frontoparietals and so on I was lost.
The She-Oak skink is native to Tasmania, similar skinks on the Australian mainland are a different species. Here’s a link to the Parks & Wildlife website.
If I made the right guess I was quite lucky to see it as these reptiles are not usually out in the open like that. They are described as having “secretive habits” a sort of cloak and dagger lizard I guess.