Tiliqua scincoides scincoides

Description

The Eastern Blue-Tongue Skink is one of the most familiar reptiles in Australia. 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.

Distribution

The Eastern Blue-Tongue Skink is widespread throughout most of Eastern Australia and less arid parts of central and western Australia.

Lifespan

The lifespan of many of our reptiles has not been studied in great detail, many are considered to live an average of 20 - 30 years.

Size

Large specimens may reach 60 cm in total length.

Diet

The diet of the Eastern Blue-Tongue Skink includes vegetation, berries, flowers, insects and snails.

Habitat

The Eastern Blue-Tongue Skink 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.

Breeding

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