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Eastern Blue-Tongue Lizard

Description: The Eastern Blue-Tongue Lizard is one of the most familiar reptiles in Australia. Large specimens may reach 60cm in total length. The legs are small and can often be overlooked, a situation which sometimes means the harmless bluetongue, with its large triangular head, is mistaken for a dangerous snake and inadvertently killed. The body is primarily grey or pale brown with around a dozen darker bands around the body and tail. The belly is cream or yellowish-white. Although not normally aggressive, bluetongues can inflict a painful bite if harassed.

Habitat: Inhabits woodland, grassland and heath country but it readily adapts to urban and suburban gardens and parks where it fulfils a valuable role in controlling pests such as slugs and snails.

Diet: Includes vegetation, berries, flowers, insects and snails.

Breeding: The female will produce up to 30 live young in late summer after the female has mated in late spring.

When threatened, the Eastern Blue-Tongue Lizard puffs up its body, sticks out its long blue tongue and hisses.

Tiliqua scincoides scincoides



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