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Species page for: Blue Tongue Skinks


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A brief snippet about Blue Tongue Skinks

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Captive Care
Blue-Tongue Skinks - Melissa Kaplan

California Zoological Supply

Although you might think all Blue-Tongue Skinks are exclusive to Australia, this Blue-Tongued Skink (Tiliqua gigas) is native to Indonesia. Blue-Tongues are a diurnal lizard, meaning they are active during daylight hours. Once accustomed to your touch, Blue-Tongues are very docile. But, until they get used to you they may become defensive and try to bite.

Blue Tongue Skinks Care sheet -

Common Name: Blue-Tongue Skink Latin name: Tiliqua spp. Native to: Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania Size: Can be anywhere from seven to 24 inches in length depending on specific species of blue-tongue skink. Please see below for more information. Life span: Most blue-tongue skinks can reach ages of 20 years or more in captivity


Care sheet - Sundial Reptile

Feeding/Supplementation: Many people feed skinks cat or dog food. We recommend against this, but if you do opt to use this food source, make sure it is lean food and only offer occasionally. Snails are also relished, but be sure they were not exposed to pesticides.

How to Keep Your New Blue-Tongue Skink: Aqualand

Temperature: Since you dropped some big bucks on your blue-tongue skink, you better keep him warm. You can warm them up like an iguana. Shoot for a 75 to 85 degree gradient. Then add a basking light at one end to make it even warmer. Make sure he can get away from the hot spot. You donít want to dry him out.

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General Description: A heavy bodied skink with short legs and a broad head. Color varies from creamy tan to golden brown. Blue tongues are extremely hardy and thrive in captivity. The blue tongues main attraction is their docile curious personalities. Most seem to enjoy being handled and rapidly learn to recognize their keeper. The Northern Blue Tongues in particular seem to make the best "pets". Range: The drier portions throughout northern Australia. Average adult size and longevity: 24"-28" with an average life span of 15 years.

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Blue Tongue

Comprehensive site on the Blue Tongue Skink

Blue-tongued Lizards in New South Wales - Australian Museum

Classification, Identification and Distribution Blue-tongued lizards are the largest members of the skink family (Scincidae). Skink lizards have overlapping scales that are usually smooth and contain small plates of bone. There are more than 300 species of skinks in Australia.


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