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Blue-tongued Skink Facts

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.

At Reid Park Zoo

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.skink april 20165

Classifications

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