He put up a brilliant fight and I had this exact image lunging toward me every time I tried to touch him…but finally my persistence paid off and I was able to pick him up. 🙂 He is a Blue Tongue Lizard, a skink to be exact and aptly named for the obvious. He looks and feels like a snake, except he has legs. When approached by a possible predator this lizard expands with air, hisses and snaps his giant, blue tongued mouth at anything he can. Blue Tongues are larger than normal skinks and can be quite intimidating when approached.
After admiring him gently this afternoon I went inside to read about him. I read that they have powerful bites and will latch on to your finger if given the chance. Although he almost got me a few times, I thankfully didn’t get bit and we both walked away completely unscathed.