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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.




Data & Facts

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

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