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    A blue tongue has decided that our garden is the best place in world to live. However dog and goanna cant live in peace with each other and I'm having a battle keeping them apart. Is it dangerous to the dog and should I chase it off or what? Help 'cos I'm terrified of lizards

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    get someone brave to sort it for you
    dogs eat blue tongue lizards, er daily, for 2 yrs in QLD, nil obvious effects noted by this owner. Large breed dogs however.

    I had sage vet advise in QLD: dont worry if it poisonous. If it is, you will know, and it will likely be too late, but come visit me anyway, just in case.
    I never took my 2 dogs to the vet, when they ate blue tongues. Coz that was daily there.

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    Hi Northolt, how special that your garden has been chosen! Our native wildlife needs all the help they can get.

    We have a Shingleback, otherwise known as a Sleepy Lizard live in our garden. I encourage our animals to leave them alone. The reptiles don't pose a threat to you or your animals, but domestic animals do pose a threat to our native reptiles.

    If it was a goanna, well... they are very much larger and could possibly give a nasty bite. When I was a kid, they used to steal our chook eggs if they managed to break into the chook pen and I was always very respectful of them!

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    Chappiedog I can't understand what the blue tongue likes about my garden. I'm no gardener so there's no nice fruit around or anything. I'll just have to resort to treating the dog whenever he follows the command "leave it"

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    My two dogs coexist happily with quite a few other animals in my garden, including lace monitors (like blue-tongues), harmless tree snakes, orange-footed scrub fowls and mobs of green tree frogs in the wet season. They are not allowed to chase wildlife of any type - training that has come in handy now cane toads have reached the NT. One of them will alert me to a snake or goanna by barking at it from a safe distance, but she knows not to approach it. Anna the Goanna takes absolutely no notice of the dogs as she suns herself in the afternoon.

    Goannas can bite, so best to teach the dog to leave it alone - they aren't venomous but bites can result in bacterial infection. I doubt that "chase it off" will work as they are quite territorial, you'd have to relocate it a long way away. And trying to chase it off will more likely result in a bite than just leaving it to do its job keeping the garden pest-free. You could call a wildlife rescue organisation to help. All Australian lizards are protected species in Australia, so harassing or harming it would actually be against the law. You can get away with killing a snake (and in the NT, a crocodile) if they are threatening human safety, but I doubt that argument would stack up for a poor little blue-tongue.

    Here's a link to the RSPCA advice "There's a blue-tongue lizard in my backyard, what should I do?"
    There's a blue-tongue lizard in my backyard, what should I do? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

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    Thanks for the link Troppo much appreciated!

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    Blue tongues were in residence when I moved in and no matter how far bush I took them they always found their way back. Unfortunately I have a dog that kills them and one that bites them which then leads to their death. I have fenced off an area of the garden that my dogs cant access and use snake proof fencing so reptiles cant access the dog part of the garden. So far has worked well. The dogs sometimes give their reptile bark so I know there is a reptile on the otherside of the reptile fence, most often goannas, occasionally an enormous brown snake. I had a pregnant goanna last year and now have the little one living in the garden as well.

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    I've got one or more blue tongues living in my yard. My dog is fascinated by them but tends to keep her distance. I'm guessing she's been chomped at least once or it's just instinct to keep her distance, she does the same with cats (with more barking).

    I would put more shelter spots in for lizard eg bits of besa block or large stones stacked up so lizard can get out of reach of dog.

    Blue Tongues also eat baby mice. I had an argument with one about who got the mouse in the trap I was trying to retrieve. I let it have the mouse and I had the trap...

    I've got geckos as well but don't see them very often. Not like the Brisbane Geckos who like to advertise.

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    I like that idea Hyacinth. We've got plenty of blocks etc hanging around

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    I just want to add my uncle had a blue tongue eating his strawberries or tomatos - and he carted it out to the back paddock on the farm... and several days later - there was a very similar looking lizard eating his strawberries again... so he marked it with some of his wife's nail polish and carted out to the back paddock again (1.5 to 3km away across sand hills), and sure enough, a lizard with nail polish on its back appeared back in his garden a few days later. They're persistant and they're quite good at finding their way back to the good stuff.

    this one probably likes your yard cos you already have lots of good homes lying around for it. My yard does too.

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