Blue-tongue skinksThey are named after blue tongues which are used to repel potential predator. Common lizard in Australia living in many wild habitats as well as in suburban areas.
1.There are 8 species of those lizards.
Most popular is Common blue-tongued skink.
2.They can be found in all habitats of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea.
One of its subspecies are also present in Indonesia.
3.Their body is covered with grey or brown smooth scales.
Color depends on habitat type - better camouflaging lizards tend to live and thrive longer.
4.They can grow up to 60 cm in length. Despite relatively long body, their legs are short.
5.They weigh about 1 kg (2,2 lb.).
Their body is stout, cylindrycal, with triangular head wider than rest of the body.
6.It is an omnivorous animal.
They usually eat insects, smaller reptiles, snails but there is also a place for fruits, berries and flowers in their diet.
7.In search for food they rely mostly on smell.
They are equipped with Jacobson’s organ which lays on their palate. It is a chemoreceptor that aids lizard’s nose in search of chemical compounds emitted by their prey.
8.Blue-Tongued lizards are diurnal.
They seek for food during the day and benefit from UVB lightning which is crucial for ectothermic animals like all reptiles. At night they seek for shelter under rocks and logs or in a pile of leaves.
9.When posed to danger, they can shed tail to distract predator.
Skinks have an ability to regrow the tail, but size and shape may differ from the original.
10.Their bite is strong.
To crush snails shells their jaws require force which is provided by strong jaw muscles.