11.Those animals live solitary life.
Most of the year those lizards spend alone, only in last quarter of year they bind in pairs. They are polygamous so one male can be a parent for many clutches.
12.Blue-Tongued skinks are ovoviviparous.
This means that they develop eggs inside mothers’ body and keep them inside till proper moment. Such strategy helps to protect eggs from potential predators. Skinks reach sex maturity at age of four.
13.Usually there are about 10 young lizards in single clutch.
There can be much more (up to 25), but this does not happen very often. Newborn skinks are self-sufficient and leave mother after few days to live their own life.
14.During cold weather they remain inactive, laying in their shelters.
15.They use blue tongue to fend off potential predators.
When disturbed, those lizards hiss and reveal their tongues.
16.They are not poisonous, but color of their tongues may fool a predator.
Bites can cause pain and leave a bruise but are not dangerous to humans.
17.They fall prey to many animals.
Large birds like kookaburras and falcons, snakes, dingoes, foxes, feral dogs and cats are most common enemies of blue-tongued lizards.
18.They may be also run over by car, motorcycle or bike as they often lay on the road while basking in the sun.
19.It is illegal to export native species from Australia including blue-tongue lizards.
Pick random facts 20.They are not an endangered species.
IUCN lists those animals as LC (least concern).
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