Photo – Egernia Major

Today for my birthday I went in the rainforest and hoped to find some of the beautiful
wildlife to photograph. I had a good day. This is a shy reptile, but I was patience
and took this photo standing a couple of meters away from the Egernia Major…

Egernia Major
Egernia Major

Egernia major, also known as Land Mullet are lizards, they are some of the largest members of the skink family (Scincidae). The species may reach total lengths of up to 60 cm (23.6 inches). They are uniform glossy black to brown, with a paler ring around the eye. Their colour, along with their large size, allow them to maintain a body temperature of 30 degrees Celsius; they spend much of the day basking in the sun. The unusual name comes from the pungent, fishy odour emitted when threatened.[verification needed] Another explanation of the common name is the superficial resemblance to mullet fish. Having a similar size, head shape, colour and scales. Native to Australia, they are generally restricted to the rainforest of south-eastern Australia.

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