And I'm called a "pink-tongued" skink because????  by Normf

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Hemisphaeriodon gerrardii , commonly known as a “pink-tongued skink”, it is a relatively large lizard of up to 45 cm that has a slender body with a long, slender and slightly prehensile tail about the same length as the body.

Related to the "Blue Tongue Skink: which is strictly ground dwelling and cannot use it’s thick tail prehensiley like the pink tongue! Interestingly the Juveniles actually start life with a blue tongue!!

Head Study:

Full Body

Camera Model Canon EOS 40D
Shooting Mode Program AE
Shutter Speed 1/160
Aperture Value 4.5
Metering Mode Spot Metering
ISO Speed 100
Lens EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Focal Length 105.0 mm


reptiles, herpetology, norm farmer images, nfaustralianwildlife, nfwildlife, nfreptiles, hemisphaeriodon gerrardii, pink tongued skink


  • sassyskink
    sassyskinkover 5 years ago

    Nice one Norm, great actually!

  • Thanks Steven, found this guy in my boot when I was just about to go out on a bird shoot. Let him go in the bush near by and he hissed at me long enough to get a couple of shots and then he shot through!!

    – Normf

  • Adrian Paul
    Adrian Paulover 5 years ago

    Great shot Norm!

  • Thank you Adrian, these guys seem to turn up at my place around Christmas each year!

    – Normf

  • Maximus
    Maximusover 5 years ago

    I was always told it was rude to poke your tongue out. :)

  • I think he was trying to be both rude and scary. The tongue flicks very fast imitating a snake. Thanks Maximus

    – Normf

  • Margot Kiesskalt
    Margot Kiesskaltover 5 years ago

    Wow – great work!

  • Thank you Margot, these guys are not very comon to see as they tend to be a bit noctural in the warmer months unlike their cousins the “Blue- tongue” skink which sunbakes throughout the day.

    – Normf

  • tarnyacox
    tarnyacoxover 5 years ago

    Brilliant! The colours of those scales are just so golden and of course that tongue!

  • Thank you tarnyacox, I think these are beauiful reptiles. This one looked recently molted and was quite nice.

    – Normf

    MICKSPIXPHOTOSover 5 years ago
    Outstanding macro capture, Norm, and very funny title. Well done.
  • It’s funny how we use such OBVIOUS names in Australia ie Great Sandy Desert is a great sandy desert! A similar replitle is called a Blue Tongue Lizard. Guess why?
    Thanks Mick

    – Normf

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasover 5 years ago

    Great photo of this interesting creature!

  • Thank you Stephen, I love your nature and still life shots a lot. The Chickadee’s are real cute!

    – Normf

  • peterstreet
    peterstreetover 5 years ago

    What a great model!, theyve been placed in a different genus – now they’re Cyclodomorphus gerrardii

  • Thanks for the Heads Up Peter, Hard to keep up with name changes as there are still heaps of recent referances to “Hemisphaeriodon” (even on the James Cook University Site both names are used!) or even Tiliqua gerrardi as late as 2003 (WILSON & SWAN)? Just an interesting comment. All secimens I’ve found locally have a “black nose” (see my pic) where as most referances don’t! But there again I’ve seen photos of “pink bodied specimens” with almost no body makings!

    – Normf

  • Carol Barona
    Carol Baronaover 5 years ago

    awesome capture. Great detail

  • Well thank you Carol, I appreciate your comments.

    – Normf

  • InPort
    InPortover 5 years ago

    G’day Norm,

    Not only was luck on your side but you found a great specimen and photographed it very well indeed.
    While not a text book study of this lovely reptile this image lends itself to artistic photography. This is due to your use of a very shallow depth of field, a touch of motion blur by the leg movement and a good tight composition set on a diagonal.
    Exposure is very good, focus nice and sharp and the colours beautifully natural.
    There is impact with the bright pink tongue at full extension and the close-up and a temptation to return.


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