Northern blue-tongued skink in exhibit

Northern Blue-tongued Skink

Scientific Name
Tiliqua scincoides intermedia
Grasslands, shrublands, savannas, and forests
Estimated Wild Population
Northern blue-tongued skink in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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Northern blue-tongued skinks are terrestrial lizards measuring up to 22 inches in length with a stout body, large head, and relatively short legs. These skinks range in color, but they usually have a banded pattern. They are omnivores with a diet primarily consisting of plants, insects, small mammals, reptiles, birds, and carrion. Their larger rear teeth are used to crush hard foods, such as snails, insects, and fruit.

Did You Know?

When threatened, northern blue-tongued skink sticks out their UV-reflective tongue to scare away predators. This behavior is called a deimatic display.

Only a few days after birth, newborns wander off on their own and begin eating small insects and fruit.

Northern blue-tongued skinks are ovoviviparous, meaning that females retain fertilized eggs inside their body until they hatch. This allows the female to protect her eggs from extreme weather and predators, ensuring that a greater percentage of developing young survive until birth. Females typically produce 10-15 live young.

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