|Scientific name||Tiliqua scincoides|
|Length||18 and 24 inches (45 to 61 centimeters)|
|Weight||10 to 18 ounces (283 to 510 grams)|
|Life span||15 to 20 years|
|Number of young||10 young|
|Size at birth||4 inches (10 centimeters)|
Who is who?
Male and female blue-tongued skinks look practically identical. The only visible differences are that males have larger heads proportionally and females are larger as a whole.
Fight, flight . . . or scare?
Blue-tongued skinks live up to their names. When a predator chases one, the skink will face the threat and open its mouth. The blue tongue inside the bright pink mouth is so shocking to the predator that it usually flees. If that doesn’t send the animal running, the skink will flatten its body to look bigger; then it will hiss.
Lose your tail.
If a predator grabs a skink from behind, it will shed its tail. After a while, the lost part of the tail will regrow.
Many lizards lay eggs, but the blue-tongued skink actually hatches its eggs inside its body. Their eggs do not have shells. Instead, they have thin membranes that burst when the baby skinks are ready to meet the world.
Shedding the old
Skinks shed approximately every six weeks in the wild. The skinks need to shed their skins to keep their scales tight and dirt-free.
Blue tongue skinks are common.
No effort is too small!