Northern Blue-Tongued Skink: Tiliqua Scincoides Intermedia
Distribution and Habitat
The blue-tongued skink can be found in New Guinea and Northern and Eastern Australia.
They are found in semi-desert to brush steppes. They are also occasionally found in agricultural areas.
The northern blue-tongued skink is a heavily built, flat 15 inch long lizard. They are sandy in color with an attractive dark crossbands or blotches along the body. The large, deep, and conical head contains the deep blue tongue that gives this skink its name. The limbs are well developed and relatively short. They are most active in the early morning and can often be found basking in the sun to warm themselves. Although the exact function of the tongue is not known it is likely used to frighten away predators.
The skink is considered to be ovoviviparous, which means the eggs are retained in the body and lack a true shell, but have a membrane-like sac instead.
The northern blue-tongued skink is currently not threatened or endangered.
Being viviparous, they give birth to live young so there are no eggs.