Australian Native Wildlife - Blue Tongue Lizard
March 18th 2009 04:13
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.
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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