Blue Tongued Skink
Habitat: Forests, grasslands, rain forests, and deserts
Food: Snails, insects, worms, fruit, and flowers
Size: Up to 2 feet long
Babies: Hatch from soft-shelled eggs inside the mother.
Look out for my big blue tongue
Have you ever stuck your tongue out at someone? For people, it is considered bad manners, but for this lizard, it’s a way to scare off a predator!
A blue-tongued skink spends most of the day searching for food. When a predator threatens a skink, the lizard puffs up its body to look bigger. At the same time, it opens its mouth and hisses while sticking out its bright blue tongue. The sudden flash of color may surprise and confuse the predator just long enough for the skink to scurry away.
In Australia, blue-tongued skinks are very common. They are often seen in peoples’ yards, where they eat insect pests. Because they live among humans, blue-tongued skinks have to watch out for dogs and cats as well as their other natural predators, such as snakes and kookaburras.