Nature conservation

Threatened species

Western Blue-tongued Lizard - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Tiliqua occipitalis
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 15 Oct 2020


Robust pale brown skink with a series of broad brown transverse bands on the body and tail.


Scattered records across central western and western NSW. No observations from northwest NSW to date.

Habitat and ecology

  • Diurnally forages for insects, snails, native vegetation and carrion.
  • Inhabits plains, swales, ranges and sometimes dunes of loamy or clayey/sandy soils vegetated by woodlands, especially mallee, shrublands (including chenopods), heaths or hummock grasslands. Preferred vegetation type appears to be mixed mallee/Triodia communities.
  • Terrestrial, and known to utilise rabbit warrens for shelter

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Known None
Broken Hill ComplexScopes Range Predicted None
Cobar PeneplainBarnato Downs Known None
Cobar PeneplainLachlan Plains Known None
Cobar PeneplainNymagee Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsMenindee Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsWilcannia Plains Predicted None
Mulga LandsParoo-Darling Sands Predicted None
Murray Darling DepressionDarling Depression Known None
Murray Darling DepressionSouth Olary Plain Known None
Other StateSA Known None
RiverinaLachlan Predicted None
RiverinaMurrumbidgee Predicted None