A healthy adult Bobtail lizard (Tiliqua rugosa), found in a suburban Western Australian garden

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A frequent visitor to suburban gardens in Australia, the bobtail lizard (Tiliqua rugosa), known as Yoorna or Yoorn in the local (south-western Australia) Noongar language, is a slow moving, monogamous (they mate for life), long-lived (up to 50 years) reptile that stores fat in its tail, bears live young, and loves eating strawberries. The animal is susceptible to a recently (2016) identified virus, Shingleback nidovirus 1, and the resulting illness, Bobtail ‘flu’, is the subject of intense research.
Location: Perth, Western Australia