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Blue-tongue skink

Blue-tongue skink

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Scientific Name:

Tiliqua scincoides


Australia, Tanimbar Islands of Indonesia


Omnivore. Insects, other reptiles, snails, slugs, plant material, fruits.


Habitat: Semi-desert, mixed woodlands, scrublands


Incubation: 10-15 young, ~100 days


Social structure:  Solitary


Weight: 493g


Dimensions: ~30cm


Lifespan: 26.6 max under human care


IUCN Status: Least concern


Estimated population in the wild: Unknown


Threats:  Consumption of Cane Toads is a significant threat to this species due to their toxicity.


Did you know that:

  1. When threatened, they open their mouth wide and stick out their blue tongue as a warning that they may be distasteful  and it also frightens off predators. They may also hiss and flatten out their body, to make themselves look bigger.
  2. When in danger they may drop their tail which rapidly heals and a shorter regenerated tail grows back after a time.
  3. They are "ovoviviparous," meaning their eggs stay inside the mother's body until they're ready to hatch, after which she gives birth to live young.

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