Blue-tongued Skink

Name

Blue-tongued Skink

Scientific Name

Tiliqua gigas

Characteristics

The blue tongue 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 tongue 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 tongue skinks are often mistaken for being venomous, but they are, in fact, fairly harmless. 

Diet

Blue tongue skinks are omnivores. They mostly eat insects and vegetation.

Size Fact

Blue tongue skinks can grow to 55cm from the snout to the tip of their tails.

Food Fact

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

Fun Fact

Albino Tiligqua gigas have pink tongues!

IUCN Red list

Least concern

Where do I live?

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

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