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blue-tongue skink

The Blue-Tongue Skink

The blue-tongue skink is the largest member of the skink family. They are known for their think bodies stubby little T-Rex arms/legs, and mostly their long bright blue tongues. They spend the majority of their day basking or looking for food. They also have one heck of a bite!

First the Stats…

Scientific name: Tiliqua
Weight: 10 – 18 ounces
Length: Up to 2 feet
Lifespan: Up to 20 years

Now on to the Facts!

1.) Blue-tongued skinks are omnivores (eat plant and animal matter). They feed on a variety of small creatures such as insects, other reptiles, and a host of plant matter.

2.) They do not have very well-developed teeth, but they have the potential of a very powerful bite. They also have a nice little habit of not letting go, once they bite; kind of like a pit bull.

3.) When threatened, the blue-tongued skink puffs up its body, sticks out its long blue tongue, opens its large mouth, and hisses.

4.) Skinks have smooth overlapping scales evolved to keep out dirt and debris.

5.) With their broad, wedge-shaped head they are often mistaken for the highly venomous death adder!

But wait, there’s more on the blue tongue skink!

6.) Blue-tongues are found in both Australia and New Guinea. In Australia, blue-tongued skinks are quite common and are often seen in people’s yards, where they eat pest insects.

7.) These skinks are typically docile and rarely show aggression.

Did you know…?
Their young develop in soft shelled eggs inside the mom and then hatch from the eggs when ready, and leave mom. The eggs are then reabsorbed by the mother as additional calcium.

8.) This lizard is not listed with the IUCN currently.

Now a Short Blue-Tongue Skink Video!

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Critter Man

With over 40 years of critter experience to my credit and hundreds of zoology teaching hours to people around the world, I have amassed not only a continuing thirst for critter knowledge but a desire to teach others all I can about the majesty and wonder of our natural world. Critter Science is a culmination of such knowledge.I have hands on as well as book acquired intel on all kinds of critters. Whether they're on land, sea, or air.I will never say that I know everything about all animals. That's impossible, even for a savant. But, that being said, ask me any animal question and I'll answer it. If I don't know the answer, I'll get an answer for you!Let it be said that I have been oft times accused of loving animals more than I love people. I can neither confirm nor deny this.

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