Blue-Tongued Skink

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This lizard, Tiliqua scincoides, may be one of the best lizard pets to be found. It eats a variety of foods and it also becomes extremely tame, with an easygoing disposition.

This member of the skink family is native to Australia, where it ranges from the extreme north through the east and southeast.

Two subspecies of this lizard are recognized. The first, Tiliqua scincoides intermedia, is found in the north of Australia, and is distinguished by a lighter orange-brown dorsal color. The second subspecies, is found to the east and southeast of Australia, and can usually be distinguished by a darker dorsal color and a more pronounced streak on each side of its head, continuing back from its eyes.

Many consider the first subspecies to be more attractive in coloration and therefore more desirable as a pet. But, both make equally good pets.

The lizard gets its name from its brightly colored tongue. When attacked or threatened, the blue-tongued skink extends or unfolds its tongue, which is almost as large as its head. The tongu's bright blue color serves to frighten and to discourage attackers or predators.

The appearance of this animal also makes it unique. It has an average snout to vent length of 12 inches, with an additional 8 inches of tail. The body of the blue-tongued skink is cylindrical and robust, while the legs are relatively short. The back of the reptile is marked with dark cross-bands.

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