Blue-tongued Skink

Name

Blue-tongued Skink

Scientific Name

Tiliqua gigas

Characteristics

The blue-tongued skink has a long, tubular body and a slender head. Their most defining feature is, of course, their blue tongue!

When a predator threatens the skink, it puffs up its body and makes a hissing noise. It does this in an attempt to intimidate the hunter.

There are 6 species of blue-tongued lizards in Australia. They vary in colour but the Tiliqua gigas is pale grey with dark brown stripes across its body. 

The blue-tongued skink may look exotic to us but in Australia they are commonly found in people’s back gardens. They are a helpful creature to have in the garden as they hunt and eat insect pests.

Blue-tongued skinks are often mistaken for being venomous but they are, in fact, fairly harmless. 

Diet

Blue-tongued skinks are omnivores. They mostly eat insects and vegetation.

Size Fact

Blue-tongued skinks can grow up to 55cm from the snout to the tip of their tails.

Food Fact

Blue-tongued skinks are very hardy creatures and are able to survive on almost any diet

Fun Fact

Albino blue-tongued skinks have pink tongues!

IUCN Red list

Blue-tongued skinks are classified as Least Concern on the IUCN red list.

Where do I live?

Blue-tongue skinks are native to Australia, Indonesia and New Guinea.

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