Blue tongue

The photo below is of an Eastern Blue Tongue (Tiliqua scincoides). I took the photo today as she was scurrying to hide behind the pot plant you can see top right (in the neighbour’s yard). At some point she must have been frightened and dropped her tail as a new, stumpier one has grown back.

Blue tongues are the largest member of the skink family (they can grow up to 60cm or 23″). They are quite common in Aussie gardens. I love them and hope we have one hiding somewhere.

The are perfectly harmless (although a fully grown one would probably leave a bruise if it bit you). If you get close they will hiss and poke out their tongue to scare you. Their tongue, like their name suggests, is blue.

Australian blue-tongued skink, Tiliqua scincoides scincoides by Normf |  Cute reptiles, Lizard, Blue tongue skink

Would you like one in your garden?

12 comments on “Blue tongue

  1. Definitely! Gorgeous addition to any garden. That tongue!!!!


  2. What a cool looking creature, and I love the blue tongue! I hope she does her part by eating garden pests πŸ™‚

  3. He’s kinda cute… you have some strange animals in Australia…

  4. That would scare the bejeszus out of me. Although, I’m easily startled by lizards.

    • They aren’t all that fast for a reptile, so there are no jump scare as such. But they are quite big and they pretend to be really fierce, so I can understand why you might find them scary.

  5. EEEEEEPPPPPP nope nope nope nope nope

  6. What a spectacular beast. We has 16-18 skinks here in Florida( it depends on which expert you talk too, and their criteria of how an alien species can become native), but we don’t have any like that one, We have some Tegus breading close to us, but, so far, they are still considered invasive.

    Maybe next week they will be here, Florida has a huge population of many species of snowbird, some have scales.

    • We have 33 species of skink where I live, but Australia does have a lot of reptiles (869 species and most unique to Oz). Fortunately for me, I moved to where it is cold in winter, so snowbirds (even the scaly kind) tend to leave in the winter months. Although it is the capital of Australia so the centre of politics… I guess we are never lacking the scaly kind, lol.

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