- The scientific name of the Blue Tongue Skink is Tiligua Scincoides.
- This is 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.
- The 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 faint eye stripes and a cobalt-blue tongue.
- Scales are shiny, overlapping, and contain small plates of bone.
- Eardrums are sunken into cavities on the sides of the head.
- Skin is shed in pieces.
- They can shed their tail to escape predators and has a moveable and transparent lower eyelid to protect their eyes from dust and still see.
- They might ingest small stones to help digest their food.
- They are found in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea.
- 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 the substrate. The males will regularly shed small clear seminal plugs.
- They do not lay eggs but give birth to live young lizards.
- A female will only produce around 5-15 young lizards a year.
- Adult: 17 to 24 inches.
- 18 to 20 years.
Food and Feeding
- 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.
- Their teeth are large, and they have strong jaw muscles, so they can crush snails and beetles.
Where Do Blue Tongue Skinks Live?
- They 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.