Geographical Range Northern and eastern Australia, New Guinea, Tasmania
Habitat Forests, woodlands, bushlands, grasslands, semi-deserts, cultivated areas
Scientific Name Tiliqua scincoides
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

Threaten this shy Australian skink and you just might see how it got its name. Though fairly small, this little lizard can put on a big show when cornered. It puffs up its body, hisses at its attacker, and sticks out its long, blue tongue.

The blue-tongued skink is a ground-dweller, spending its day either searching for insects, snails, fruits, berries and wildflowers, or basking in the sun. At night the skink sleeps in fallen logs or leaf litter.

Female blue-tongued skinks give birth to up to 25 live babies. The young take about three years to mature.