Blue Tongue Skink

Blue-Tongued Skink Blue-Tongued Skink

Scientific Name:

  • Tiligua Scincoides

Description:

  • A large lizard with a long body, large head and small legs with delicate toes.
  • The tail is shorter than the body and generally tapers to a point.
  • Color consists of a pattern of dark brown bars on a light brown or cream background; orange bars alternate with brown on the sides.
  • They have a faint eye stripe and a cobalt-blue tongue. Scales are shiny, overlapping, and contain small plates of bone.
  • Eardrums are sunken into cavities on sides of head.
  • Skin is shed in pieces.
  • They can shed its tail to escape predators and has a moveable and transparent lower eyelid to protect its eyes from dust and still see.
  • Ingests small stones to help digest its food.

Distribution:

  • Found in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea

Breeding:

  • Northern blue tongues are among the easiest and most predictable breeders of the common blue tongues.
  • Unfortunately there is no reliable method to sex juveniles.
  • If your goal is to breed, you must either purchase proven adults or raise up juveniles until they can be sexed.
  • One reliable method of sexing adults is to house each blue tongue separately in a container void of substrate, the males will regularly shed small clear seminal plugs.

Nesting:

  • Does not lay eggs, but give birth to live young lizards
  • A female will only produce around 5-15 young lizards a year

Size:

  • Adult: 17 to 24 inches

Lifespan:

  • 18 to 20 years

Diet:

  • These lizards are omnivorous, eating a variety of insects, snails, carrion, flowers and fruits.
  • The reptiles are not very agile and the animals they eat are mostly slow moving.
  • The lizards' teeth are large and they have strong jaw muscles so they can crush snails and beetles.

Lizard Habitat:

  • Blue-tongued skinks live principally in open country with lots of ground cover such as tussocky grasses or leaf litter.
  • The Northern Blue Tongue lives in tropical/savannah woodland in the northern part of West Australia.
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