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Australian Native Wildlife - Blue Tongue Lizard

March 18th 2009 04:13
Australian native reptiles blue tongue lizard
The blue tongue lizard is probably the most iconic Australian lizard of the skink family. It occurs throughout Australia, including Tasmania, and is common in suburbia. Attaining a length of up to 60 cm it is the second largest skink, and is most notable for its vivid deep blue tongue.
Australian native animals blue tongue lizard

The blue tongue (Tiliqua scincoides) has a cream background with wide transverse blue/black bands running from the neck to the tail, and a wedge shaped head. When threatened, it flattens and puffs out its torso to look bigger, hisses loudly and gapes its bright pink mouth with its startling blue tongue. It can lunge swiftly, and bite, but its teeth are no more than smooth hemispherical knobs.
Australian Snakes and lizards blue tongue

Blue Tongue Lizards feed on insects, snails and slugs as well as vegetable matter such as berries and fallen fruit. Though they are a gardeners ally, many are mistaken for snakes and killed. They thrive in captivity on a diet of raw meat, snails and fruit, and live for many years.

The dozen or so babies in a litter are born in a transparent membrane which they immediately break out of. They are an identical in miniature, about the length of a finger, complete with vivid blue tongue.

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Comment by Anonymous

September 6th 2010 04:19
folks, if you actually put smaller images in your page not just pretend to make them smaller with atribute tags in the <img fields your site would load way faster and you will not churn up tons of your own bandwidth.

try it

Comment by GlenB

September 6th 2010 23:33
Thanks for the tip but I'm already on to it. All my more recent posts have resized and recoloured images to make them a smaller file size.
I don't know what you mean by pretend to make them smaller.

Comment by blue tongue lizard

June 4th 2011 04:02
hi there there is a blue tongue lizard in my backyard

Comment by GlenB

June 7th 2011 04:18
That's great! it will eat all the slugs and snails for you. Blue Tongue lizards also love fruit.

Comment by Anonymous

July 2nd 2011 07:48
Thankyou for the information and images. We live in Thailand and my nearly 3 year old Aussie daughter wanted to know more about the Blue Tongue from Australia!

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