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Blue-Tongued Skink   (Tiliqua scincoides)
Category: Reptiles

 

 

These hefty Australian natives are named for their large blue tongues that are used as a bluff to scare off attackers. Blue-tongued skinks are diurnal, omnivorous feeders and will happily consume a wide variety of food items that include proteins such as insects and gastropods, and vegetation including flowers, fruits, and greens. They are relatively slow moving and easily handled, making them popular as house-pets.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue-tongued_skink

http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Care-Sheets/Lizards/Blue-Tongue-Skink/

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Reptilia
Order - Squamata
Family - Scincidae
Genus - Tiliqua

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

Please stop blaming snakes for everything

From Medusa to the Bible to Harry Potter, snakes have a bad reputation, but the vast majority are quite harmless - in fact, only about 20% of snakes are venomous, and the bites of less than 7% of snakes are considered medically important! Aside from venomous snakes, there are a few large constrictors that are dangerous, as well. But the truth is that the vast majority of snakes you come across in the wild would prefer to stay out of your way and be left alone! Even in Australia, the only continent in the world where venomous snakes outnumber the non-venomous, there are only 2-4 deaths by snake recorded each year. You are far more likely to be die from a bee sting - or another human - than be hurt by a snake!

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