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Common blue-tongued skink

common blue-tongued skink (Tiliqua scincoides)
Logan City, Queensland
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Tiliqua scincoides - (White, ex Shaw, 1790)
Pronunciation  till-EE-kwa  
Etymology  Tiliqua: thought to be meaningless.
scincoides: 'Scincus-like', after a genus of skinks.
Other names  Blue tongue
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 33 cm
Litter size
Average: 12
Range: 5 - 25
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Found along the north and east coasts of Australia, curving back slightly along the south coast.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia


Exists in most habitats in range, except rainforest and higher elevations. A common inhabitant of suburban backyards.

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