eastern blue-tongued skink

Eastern Blue-tongued Skink

Tiliqua scincoides scincoides


Description

The Eastern Blue-tongued Skink is a type of lizard. It has a flat, broad body and short legs. Its overlapping scales are usually gray or brown in color, with a series of striped bands on the back and tail.

Size

Eastern Blue-tongued Skinks measure an average of 17 inches long, with a maximum of 22 inches. Their average weight is 10-18 ounces.

Adaptations

Diet

In the wild, blue-tongued skinks are omnivores that eat a variety of plants and animals including insects, snails, flowers, fruits, and berries. At Cosley Zoo, the skinks are fed fruits, vegetables, crickets, worms, and mice.

Reproduction

Blue-tongued skinks breed in the spring. Gestation is 150 days. Females give birth to an average of 10 live young at a time, with a maximum clutch size of 25. There is no parental care, and the young skinks are on their own soon after birth. The young grow very quickly and can reach adult size in less than one year.

Shelter and Space Needs

The Eastern Blue-tongued Skink is native to the eastern coastal portion of Australia, and inhabits primarily woodlands and forests.

Life Expectancy

Eastern Blue-tongued Skinks can live up to 20 years.

Importance to Man

Skinks make up an important part of the diet of many predators, such as raptors, snakes, and feral cats and dogs. They are also important predators of insects. Many people welcome skinks into their gardens to control populations of snails and insects.

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