Skink (Blue-Tongued) / Tiliqua scincoides

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Skinks are very docile and tame easily hence the demand by the pet trade

The blue tongue may be a warning that the skink is distasteful to some animals

The blue tongued skink can automise or lose its tail during confrontation with predators, but have the ability to regenerate another

The blue tongued skink is a native of Australia and New Guinea where it is found living in semi desert, scrub land and mixed woodland areas. At DZG we hold the Eastern blue-tongued skink within our collection.

The blue-tongued skink is a ground dwelling lizard which is often found under bark and other vegetation. They are normally active during the day (diurnal).

They normally move around quite slowly but can move at speed when danger threatens.

Blue-tongued skinks are omnivorous feeding on a variety of small animals such as insects, and other reptiles as well as plant material and fruit.

They are normally solitary animals and only come together at the breeding season, when males follow the females around awaiting an opportunity to mate.

Females give birth to live young rather than laying eggs by a process known as ovoviviparity.

The young develop in eggs which are not laid but develop and hatch in the female’s oviduct. A female can give birth to some 10-15 young.

As the name suggests it is characterised by a long blue tongue, used to threaten predators.

When threatened the skink will open its mouth, stick out the blue tongue, puff up its body and hiss loudly.