Northern Blue-Tongued Skink

Tiliqua scincoides intermedia

Scientific Name

Northern Blue-Tongued Skink:  
Tiliqua scincoides intermedia

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

New Guinea and Northern and Eastern Australia

Natural Habitat

Semi-desert to brush steppes and occasionally agricultural areas

Physical Characteristics

  • The northern blue-tongued skink is a heavily built, flat, 15-inch long lizard. They are sandy in color with dark cross bands or blotches along the body. The large, deep, and conical head contains the deep blue tongue that gives this skink its name. Although the exact function of the tongue is not known it is likely used to frighten away predators. Their limbs are well developed and relatively short.

Quick Facts

  1. The skink is considered to be ovoviviparous, meaning they have eggs that are produced and hatched internally, then give live birth.

  2. They’re most active in the early morning and can often be found basking in the sun to warm themselves.


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Conservation Status

Least Concern: The Northern Blue-Tongued Skink is common or abundant and is likely to survive in the wild.

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In the wild, they feed primarily on plant matter and some invertebrates. In human care they receive monitor diet, chopped bananas and lettuce, earthworms, insects, and crickets.