• skink

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.


Species Name:
Blue-tongued skink
Scientific Name:
Tiliqua scincoides
Our Animal's Name(s):
Dundee and Sully
Proud Parents:
David M. & Kay B. Gray