Blue-tongued Skink

Tiliqua scincoides scincoides

Flicking its tongue as many as 300 times per hour, the skink tongue picks up airborne biochemical particles given off by food, predators, mates, and so on. It also sticks out its striking blue tongue to startle and distract predators.

Fact File

lengthLength: 16 to 20 in
lifespanLifespan: 20 yrs in captivity
habitatHabitat: Grassland, forest, and desert
dietDiet: Snails and other invertebrates, carrion, fruits, berries, and flowers