A tail worth keeping Rottnest Island Bobtail

Noongar name - Yooran

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Rottnest Island Bobtails, also known as Shinglebacks, are common around limestone rocks. You can often see them sunning themselves on these rocks or on path-sides or paved areas.  They move at a slow crawl but can move quite quickly if disturbed. When frightened or angry, this harmless skink opens its mouth to show its ink-blue tongue and makes a hissing noise. 

Where you can find a Rottnest Island Bobtail

Conservation Status

Not listed under IUCN (2016). Listed as Vulnerable under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950. All Rottnest Island’s fauna is protected under the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987.
  • Extinct
  • Extinct in Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concerned

Help keep Rottnest’s environment healthy

  • Do Not feed the animals on Rottnest
  • Do Not disturb the wildlife
  • Do enjoy watching them on their own terms