Blue-tongued Skink - Tiliqua scincoides
they are native to a variety of habitats including grasslands, forests, rainforests, and deserts
they are native to Australia
They have a broad flattened body with short limbs that allow them to burrow. They have smooth, overlapping scales which help to keep out dirt, sand, and other debris
17-24 inches and can weigh between 10-18 ounces
they are solitary
up to 20 years
insects, snails, flowers, fruits, and berries
The females are ovoviviparous meaning babies are born live, developing in membranes inside the mother. Up to 15 offspring are born after about 100 days.
- the blue-tongued skinks are broken into two types the northern and eastern, there are some variations between the two types with the northern usually being larger in size and a darker brown color than the eastern
- because they are slow moving they eat animals which are also slow moving
- their jaws are strong enough to crush snails and beetles
- they are normally shy and docile but will stand their ground when threatened by puffing up their body and thrusting out their blue tongue while emitting a loud hiss
- they have no teeth but can deliver a powerful and painful bite if grabbed from behind it will shed its tail (which will regenerate)
- they shed their skin in pieces unlike snakes that shed all at the same time they ingest small stones to help digest their food they provide a good demonstration of the transition from legless lizards to lizards with four legs.
- They are the largest member of the skink family.
- Adult (13 and over)$10.50
- Child (2 - 12)$7.50
- Child (1 and Under)FREE
- Senior (65+)$9.50
- Active Military$9.50
We begin transferring animals to evening (off exhibit) holding at 4:30 each night.
Open Daily 10:00-4:30
Last admission at 4:00