Scientific Name: tiliqua scincoides
Habitat: semi-desert, agricultural lands
Diet: snails, worms, insects, small mammals, carrion, flowers, fruits
Life Span: up to 20 years in captivity
Young: 5 – 12 eggs per clutch
Size: up to 0.9 kg (2 lbs)

The Blue-tongued Skink is native to the semi-desert, mixed woodland, and scrubland habitats of Australia, though it can also be found in New Guinea, and Tasmania.

The Blue-Tongued Skink, gets its name from its long blue tongue. Its skin is rather smooth, and is covered by overlapping scales. Its body is grayish, with dark brown and cream patches on its back. Its head is usually a pale brown or cream colour. When a skink is threatened it will puff up its body, open its mouth, stick out its blue tongue, and hiss.

Skinks are solitary animals except during mating season. Females carry the eggs inside their bodies and just before birth, the eggs hatch. Young skinks are born live.

Though Blue-tongued Skinks are docile and easy to tame, the pet trade in wild blue-tongued skinks is restricted by the Australian government.

For more information about the Blue-tongued Skink visit Animal Diversity Web, or visit the Edmonton Valley Zoo!