STATUS IN THE WILD: Least Concern
PHYSICAL FEATURES AND CHARACTERISTICS
Blue-tongued skinks are long lizards with snake-like heads and small legs relative to their body size. True to their name, this species has a bright blue tongue. They use this as a defense mechanism. They open their mouths wide and flash their tongues at enemies, typically startling them. This gives the skink a chance to either attack or flee.
LIFESTYLE AND REPRODUCTION
Like many other species of skink, the blue-tongued skink does not lay eggs. Instead, they carry their eggs inside of them until they hatch. While the average life span is fifteen years, some can live up to twenty.
Blue-tongued skinks live along the northern and eastern coasts of Australia.
They live in the underbrush of forests, climbing onto rocks to sun and hiding under dead logs or digging under ground-level objects to sleep at night.
They eat a wide range of foods, enjoying many fruits, vegetation, and other plant life. They also eat insects, small mammals, and eggs when they can get them.