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    Australian Blue-Tongued Skink (Tiliqua scincoides)

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    Australian Blue-Tongued Skink (Tiliqua scincoides)

    Post by sesrocker on April 27th 2009, 19:56



    Scientific Name: Tiliqua scincoides
    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Reptilia
    Order: Squamata
    Infraorder: Scincomorpha
    Family: Scincidae
    Subfamily: Lygosominae
    Genus: Tiliqua

    They are called commonly blue-tongued lizards in Australia, where true lizards do not naturally occur. As suggested by these common names, its distinguishing characteristic is a blue tongue.

    Habitat
    Coastal forests, woodlands and heaths, montane forests, woodlands and grasslands of less arid portions of the interior of Australia; sometimes found in agricultural areas.

    Physical Characteristics
    The body of the blue-tongued skink can reach a length of more than 20 inches and weigh up to 2 pounds. They have a heavily built body set on relatively small legs with delicate toes and a thick, short tail. Their triangular head is broad and blunt, with scales that are usually smooth and contain small plates of bone. Their deep, berry blue tongue vividly offsets against the deep pink interior of their mouth.

    Reproduction
    They will breed at about 2 years old provided they have a good amount of fat stored in their tail.

    Diet
    They eat insects, snails, carrion, wildflowers, fruit, berries, meat, insects, and flowers.

    Behavior
    The males often become aggressive during mating and fights can break out if another skink enters its territory.

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