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Blue-Tongued Skink

Blue-Tongued Skink at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click to see more.

Blue-Tongued Skink

Tiliqua scincoides



Conservation Status

Least Concern


Northern Australia


Grasslands, shrublands, savannas, forests


Blue-tongued skinks are threatened by habitat loss, increasing wildfires due to climate change, agricultural toxins, and predation by foxes, dogs, and feral cats.

The blue-tongue skink spends most of the day searching for food. Although it is slow-moving, its brown-banded body helps it camouflage into the surrounding landscape.

When threatened, blue-tongue skinks open their mouth wide and deploy their ultraviolet blue-tongued, sharply contrasting their pink mouth. They also flatten their body to appear larger, thereby frightening potential predators.

Blue-tongued skinks get around using a serpentine (snake-like) movement, slithering on their bellies and using their feet to push themselves along.

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