Education Animals

Blue-Tongued Skink

Tiliqua scincoides scincoides Blue-Tongued Skink

Animal Class:
Reptiles

Diet:
Omnivore

Status in the Wild:
Stable

Blue Means "Backoff!"

A blue-tongued skink spends most of the day searching for food. When a predator threatens a skink, the lizard puffs up its body to look bigger. At the same time, it opens its mouth and hisses while sticking out its bright blue tongue. The sudden flash of color may surprise and confuse the predator just long enough for the skink to scurry away.

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