Centralian Blue-tongue

A Central Blue-tongue lying on a large rock

Scientific Name: Tiliqua multifasciata

Size: Snout Vent Length 280 mm

What does it look like?

The Centralian Blue-tongue is a large skink with broad head, short limbs, moderately long, tapering tail and large blue tongue. Generally greyish with numerous orange-brown transverse bands on back and tail, and broad blackish stripe from eye to above ear. Underparts creamish. Top of head unpatterned, or with some thin blackish marks.

Where is it found?

Western, central and northern Australia, from coastal north-western WA, through central and southern NT and northern SA, to western Qld.

What are its habitats & habits?

The Centralian Blue-tongue, or Centralian Blue-tongued Skink, occurs in open woodland, shrubland and grassland. Active during the day, foraging on the ground for insect larvae and other invertebrates, such as spiders, berries, flowers and soft shoots of plants, and carrion. Viviparous, with up to 10 live young in a litter.

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