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Tiliqua Nature Reserve

Tiliqua is dedicated to the protection of the Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard (Tiliqua adelaidensis) which was rediscovered near Burra in 1992.

Pygmy Bluetongue at Tiliqua Nature Reserve; photo Patrick Mentzel
85 ha (0.85 km2)
10 km north-east of Burra
Major aims
Conservation of the Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard
Key threatened species
Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard Tiliqua adelaidensis
Nature Foundation
Traditional owners
Ngadjuri people

Introducing Tiliqua

The Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard resembles a miniature version of the larger bluetongue lizard and lives in old spider holes, often basking in the entrance of these during the warmer months.

They are found in native tussock grasslands containing grasses such as spear grass, (Austrostipa), wallaby grass (Austrodanthonia) and the dark green iron grass (Lomandra). Iron grass is a good indicator of native tussock grasslands containing spear grass as it will not re-grow if the land has been ploughed.

Tiliqua Nature Reserve supports vital research into the protection of the Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard species and its requirements for habitat management.

Research at Tiliqua

The late Professor Mike Bull of Flinders University and his researchers undertook multiple research projects at Tiliqua. You can support the Professor Mike Bull Research Fund and assist in preserving this species.

Nature Foundation’s long-term research partner Flinders University was awarded a $400,000 Australian Research Council grant in 2020 for a project aimed at saving the endangered Pygmy Bluetongue. We have committed $25,000 to support the project over five years and will provide in-kind support, including continued access to Tiliqua and assistance in setting up a new trial site on a sheep farm at Tarlee.

Led by Associate Professor Mike Gardner, the project addresses issues surrounding the long-term survival of the species in a changing climate.

Visit Tiliqua Nature Reserve

Tiliqua Nature Reserve is only open during volunteer events that support conservation work on the property. 

To find out how to get involved with conservation activities on our Nature Reserves see our events page or contact us to register your interest.

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