Blue Tongue Skink

The Blue-Tongued Skink calls mainland Australia home. As suggested by these common names, a prominent characteristic of this species is its large blue tongue that can be bared as a bluff warning to potential enemies. They are relatively large lizards (up to 45cm total length), light-bodied, short-limbed, broad with distinct heads and dull teeth.

The Blue-Tongued Skink is a ground foraging omnivore feeding on a wide variety of insects, gastropods, flowers, fruits and berries.

Blue-Tongued Skinks are very commonly bred in captivity and sold as house pets. They are relatively shy in comparison with other lizards, and also significantly slower due to their short legs.

Blue Tongue Skink @ Safari Niagara

  • The Blue-Tongued Skink can also be found at our Travelling Zooniversity Outreach Program.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Tiliqua

Did you know?

  • Their blue tongue is used as a defense mechanism.
  • The Blue-Tongued Skink usually eats smalls insects, fresh fruit and vegetables.