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Blue-Tongued Skink


This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.

Latin Name

Tiliqua scincoides


The Blue-Tongued Skink was a former pet, donated to CuriOdyssey in Feb. 2008.

Fun Facts

Their tongue is a deep, berry blue. They display their tongue to frighten off predators. They are common residents in home gardens and will help control the snail population in a garden. They are omnivores, and will also eat carrion. Blue-tongued skinks can detach their tails for protection; the tail will grow back, but not as long as before.

Birth Date


Diet in the Wild

60% of their diet consists of plants, 40% consists of small animals.

Diet at the Museum

Fruits, vegetables, and meat-usually beef or mouse.

Life Span

In the Wild: 10-20 years.
In Captivity: 20+ years.


Woodlands, edges of forests and fields, and semi-deserts.


Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea, and surrounding islands of Australasia

Conservation Status:

No special status. Since blue-tongued skinks eat snails, they are occasionally poisoned from snail bait. Many are also run over by cars while basking in the sun on roads. Most skinks living in suburbs do not reach adulthood because of predation by dogs, cats, and predatory birds.

Adopt me!

Your contribution helps provide my food, toys, and medical care. I’ll stay at the museum, and you’ll get a photo of me and a certificate as reminders of your generosity. Check out our adoption section and see all of our adoption levels.


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