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Blue-tongued Skink
Tiliqua scincoides

Habitat: semi-desert, mixed woodlands, and scrubland habitats

Range: Australia

Natural Diet: Insects, reptiles, plants and fruits

Status in the Wild: Not evaluated

 

Fun Animal Facts

The Australian blue-tongued skink is one of the largest species of skinks. The most unique characteristic is their blue tongues which they show when they are on their defensive with predators and competitors. These skinks have a smooth skin that consist of overlapping scales that give a fish-like look. The species is ovoviviparous which means that the offspring develop in the form of eggs inside the females body but she gives birth to live young.

 

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When blue-tongued skink Sammy drinks water, you can see his blue tongue clearly

Distributional range in Australia