Tiliqua scincoides scincoides

Description

The Eastern Blue-Tongue Skink 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.