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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.

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

History at CuriOdyssey

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

Date of Birth


Fun Facts about Blue-tongued Skinks

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.

What do Blue-tongued Skinks eat?

In the wild, 60% of their diet consists of plants, 40% consists of small animals. At CuriOdyssey, they are served fruits, vegetables, and meat-usually - beef or mouse.

How long do Blue-tongued Skinks live?

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

Where do Blue-tongued Skinks live?

Blue-tongued Skinks live in woodlands, edges of forests and fields, and semi-deserts. Their range extends in Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea, and surrounding islands of Australasia

Are Blue-tongued Skinks endangered?

No special wildlife conservation 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.


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