Common Blue-tongue Lizard
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Common Blue-tongued Skink, Eastern Blue-tongue, Tongued Lizard
Lives alone for most of the year. Viviparous (live young). Females produce up to 25 live young which are self sufficient and disperse after a few days. Possess a Jacobson's Organ on the roof of the mouth which is used to detect chemicals emitted from prey.
Bright, blue, fleshy tongue used to scare away predators. Seven to ten dark bands across the body.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
The blue tongue is used as a bluff-warning to potential predators.
Omnivore. Feeds on plant and animal material including snails, beetles, wildflowers, native fruits and berries.
Basalt plains west of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, including urban areas.
Native to Australia