Animal Facts
    Common Name:
    Blue-tongued Skink
    Scientific Name:
    Tiliqua scincoides
    • Males and females are solitary, except during mating season.
    • They feed on insect larvae, snails, slugs, plants, and fruit during the heat of the day and are less active at night and during winter when it is colder.
    • When threatened, they will stick out their blue tongue, hiss, and lie flat on ground so their body looks larger.
    14 oz
    18 in
    Gestation Period:
    100 days
    Number of Young:
    10-12 eggs
    • Grassland
    • Savanna
    • Shrubland
    Fun Facts:
    • Eggs hatch in mother and she gives birth to living young encased in a placenta. This is called ovovivipary.
    • Native to Australia, these garden-friendly skinks eat snails and slugs.
    • Like many skinks, they may drop their tail if caught by a predator.
    • Habitat Loss
    • Invasive Species
    Endangered Status
    Endangered Status
    • Extinct in Wild (EW)
    • Critically Endangered (CR)
    • Endangered (EN)
    • Vulnerable (VU)
    • Near Threatened (NT)
    • Least Concern (LC)
    • Not Evaluated (NE)

    Surprisingly good climbers, skinks use several climbing areas and tight crevices in their Zoo habitat as they would in the wild. We provide ledges for them to hide under and rocks in natural sunlight for basking. Lightbulbs that emit UV are present for their health care.