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Scientific Name: Tiliqua scincoides
Habitat: semi-desert, agricultural lands
Diet: snails, worms, insects, flowers, fruits
Life span: up to 20 years
Young: 5 to 12 eggs per clutch
Size: up to 0.9 kg (2 lbs)

Skinks are solitary animals except during mating season. When this skink is threatened it will puff up its body, open its mouth, stick out its blue tongue and hiss. The females carry the eggs inside their bodies. Just before birth, the eggs hatch and the young skinks are born live. The pet trade in wild blue-tongued skinks is restricted by the Australian government.

Fun Fact: One of the main predators of the blue-tongued skink is the kookaburra.


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Range: Parts of Australia


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Status: Least concern

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