This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.
The Blue-Tongued Skink was a former pet, donated to CuriOdyssey in Feb. 2008.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.