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Blue Tongued Skink

Order:

Squamata

Family:

Scinidae

Group:

Tiliqua

Lifespan:

Up to 20 years

Gestation:

5 to 20 live young

Distribution:

Australia and Indonesia

Habitat:

Coastal woods and forest, suburban gardens

Diet:

Insects, flowers, fruits and berries

Conservation Status:

Least Concern

 

Facts

The Blue Tongued Skink Tiliqua Scincoides is a timid and shy lizard, made distinctive by its vividly blue tongue. When threatened, they will puff themselves up and stick it out, which is an impressive site due to its brightness combined with its very pink mouth. This is done to make predators think it is poisonous, as bright colours usually indicate this in animals and plants. It's only a bluff in this case though, so hopefully no predators figure this out!

They are slow lizards, mainly due to their wide, flat body and short, stubby legs. they can grow to almost 2 feet in length when fully mature and gain powerful jaws, which they use to crack open the shells of beetles and snails

 

 

Did you know?

They have become a common sight in suburban gardens and can even be viewed as pest control, as they eat all of the insects and bugs that eat flowers and vegetables. They have been know to steal dog food if they can get it though!