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Blue-Tongued Skink

Tiliqua Scincoides

About the Blue-Tongued Skink

conservation status: data deficient

Geographic Range:

range map

Class: Reptilia  
Order: Squamata 
Family: Scincidae 
Genus: Tiliqua 
Species: scincoides 

The blue-tongued skink is light brown with orange and brown bars on its sides. Its large, triangular head is covered in smooth and shiny scales and its cobalt-blue tongue is offset by the deep pink interior of its mouth. The skink has a powerful bite, which is handy for feeding on large snails. When it bites defensively, it does not like to let go, inflicting considerable pain on its victim.