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Blue-tongued Skink

Blue-tongued Skink

Common Name:
Blue-tongued Skink
Scientific Name:
Tiliqua scincoides
Gestation Period:
100 days
  • Grassland
  • Savanna
  • Shrubland
18 in
Number of Young:
10-12 eggs
14 oz

Did you know blue-tongued skinks are ovoviviparious, meaning eggs hatch in the mother and she gives birth to live young encased in a placenta? Learn more about blue-tongued skinks.

Care & Wellness:

Surprisingly good climbers, skinks use several climbing areas and tight crevices in their Zoo habitat as they would in the wild. We provide ledges for them to hide under and rocks in natural sunlight for basking. Lightbulbs that emit UV are present for their health care. 

  • Males and females are solitary, except during mating season.
  • They feed on insect larvae, snails, slugs, plants, and fruit during the heat of the day and are less active at night and during winter when it is colder.
  • When threatened, they will stick out their blue tongue, hiss, and lie flat on ground so their body looks larger.
Endangered Status
  • Extinct in Wild (EW)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Not Evaluated (NE)
Fun Facts:
  • Eggs hatch in mother and she gives birth to living young encased in a placenta. This is called ovovivipary.
  • Native to Australia, these garden-friendly skinks eat snails and slugs.
  • Like many skinks, they may drop their tail if caught by a predator.
Blue-tongued skink laying under rock with its blue tongue out.