Status: Least Concern
Range & Habitat
The Blue-tongued Skink is native to Australia, where they live in lots of different habitats including forests, rainforests, deserts and grasslands.
Blue-tongued Skinks get their name from their bright blue tongues. If one is feeling threatened, it will puff up its body, stick out its blue tongue and hiss. They are usually shy animals and spend most of the day sunning themselves and eating. Being diurnal animals, they rest at night in leaf litter or fallen logs. In addition to its long blue tongue, Blue-Tongued Skinks also have small legs and a short tail, , which is sometimes capable of breaking off and regrowing. Their bodies are covered in overlapping scales, which are smooth to the touch.
Reproduction & Growth
Breeding season occurs annually. A male may exhibit aggressive behavior and fight other males for a female. After mating, the female gives birth to 6-12 young, which are about 4 inches long. The young begin to feed on insects and start licking fruits approximately a week after birth. The Blue-Tongued Skink can grow to a length of 24 inches. They have a life span of about 20 years.
In the Wild: Flowers, fruits and berries, as well as small animals, like insects, worms, snails, mice and smaller lizards. In the Zoo: mixed salad of greens, fruits, vegetables, dog food, and insects.