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Blue-Tongue Lizard

Updated on March 9, 2012

We've got a Blue-Tongue that lives in the bushes under the window outside of our kitchen. We see it a lot in summer, he sometimes crawls out and sunbakes. Not sure if he wears sunscreen lotion or anything, but he never complains about sunburn and I don't know if they can catch skin cancer.

Not sure what happens in winter though, but he buggers off somewhere. He must head to far north Queensland I reckon.

But here a whole bunch of fax about the upsized lizard. Who scares the crap outta ya when he lies in the driveway and has his legs tucked away lookin' like a snake:

One of the indigenous skinks found throughout the Australian mainland and in Tasmania, the Blue-Tongue Lizard is so named because of its characteristic blue tongue.

It has a bright blue tongue which is displayed when the reptile is angry or alarmed. These lizards are slow moving and clumsy. Usually between 30 and 60 cm in length, these lizards have a stout body and short, stumpy legs, a brown body and a short tail. Most are grey, or brown, with darker bands across the body.

When lazing in the sun with their legs tucked under their body they look a lot like a snake. Which will scare the crap outta ya if you're riding along on your push bike minding your own business.

Their food includes snails, insects and fruit. The young are born alive and it's not unusual for them to spit out fourteen lizard bubs.

Blue-Tongue Lizards are ground dwellers and are active by day.


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