That blue tongue warns its enemies to stay away, although this docile lizard species doesn’t have venom or sharp teeth to defend itself.
The blue-tongued skink lives in Australia, where it burrows under sand or leaves to stay cool.
If a predator grabs its tail, the skink can let its tail go and partially regrow it later. But its tail is also important for storing fat, so a skink doesn’t want to lose that tail unless it’s a life-or-death situation.
The blue-tongued skinks at the Zoo live in the Conservation Learning Center. They can often be seen at education programs or with docents in the public classroom.