Intermedia Blue Tongue Skink

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Intermedia Blue Tongue Skink

Place of Birth:

AUSTRALIA, NEW GUINEA:  There are 4 commonly seen skinks:
  1. Northern blue-tongued skink intermedia of tropical Australia.
  2. Eastern blue-tongued skink – T. s. scincoides of temperate Australia.
  3. New Guinean blue-tongued skink – T. gigas of New Guinea.
  4. Blotched blue-tongued skink – T. nigrolutea of temperate southeastern Australia.
 

Eating Habits:

Blue-tongued skinks are omnivores. They feed on a variety of plants and animals. Their diet includes insects, worms, snails, flowers, fruits, and berries.

Quick Facts:

Scientific  Name Tiliqua sp.
Size Total length reaches 24 inches with a weight of 10-18 oz.
Color They come in a wide range of colors: gray, red, brown, spotted, striped, banded, and blotched.
Lifespan Up to 20 years in the wild.  They are fully mature in 18-24 months.
Eco Status Not Evaluated

Habitat:

Blue-tongued skinks live primarily in open country with lots of ground cover such as tussocky grasses or leaf litter. The Northern Blue Tongue lives in tropical/savannah woodlands in the Northern part of West Australia.

Animal’s Behaviour

Blue-tongued skinks are the largest member of the skink family. Their bodies are long and tubular, with short legs and a short tail. The head is triangular and broad. This skink is very well known for its long, bright blue tongue. Blue-tongued skinks are specially designed to crawl into burrows to find their food.  Their back legs look like they are on backward and this gives them the ability to crawl backward out of those narrow openings.  Their ear holes are also on the back of their head to protect them from debris when underground. Active by day, skinks are frequently found in shelters such as a hollow log or a rock crevice. When threatened, the skink will stick out blue tongue to startle and confuse predators (mimicking the highly venomous death adder). It can also regenerate its tail if it is severed in an attack. Females are ovoviviparous (“egg-live birth”) – the mother produces egg cases, which she then carries inside her. After the eggs hatch internally, she expels the live young.