Eastern blue-tongued lizard<<<< Back to reptiles
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Reptilia
- Order: Squamata
- Family: Scincidae
- Conservation status: Not Evaluated
- Length: 30 – 60 cm
- Weight: 225 - 550 kg (500 - 1200 lb)
- Food: Omnivore
- Predators: Large birds and snakes, Feral cats and dogs
- Sexual Maturity: 18-24 months
- Gestation Period: 100 days
- Lifespan: 20 - 30 years
- Litter size: 1 - 4
- Other names: The Australian Blue Tongue Lizard, Common Blue-tongue Skink
- Distinctive Feature: large blue tongue
It lives in the woods, pastures and semi-arid areas in Australia. It can be found with the following names: blue tongue lizard or Eastern Blue-tongued Lizard
Food blue-tongued lizard
Surprisingly, this animal is capable of fast moving at short distances, allowing it to catch and eat prey.
Features blue-tongued lizard
The lizard took its name from its lighter tongue. When attacking or threatening, the lizard expands or unfolds its tongue, which is as wide as the head.
The light blue color of the tongue serves to frighten and discourage attackers or predators.
The appearance of this animal also makes it unique. It has an average shoe of a length of 12 inches, plus another 8 inch tail. His body is cylindrical and robust, while the legs are relatively short. The back of the reptile is marked with closed stripes.
Due to the large size of the body and short legs, it does not rise to go. Instead, he slides down on his lap to move.
Appears stretching out and starting to work very hard. Several researchers believe they are trying to mimic the venomous viper, Acanthophis antarcticus, which has nothing to do with these lizards. Both animals have the same color and size, and short legs can make the lizard to be confused with a viper.
The lizard is not at all dangerous, and becomes quiet in captivity. He teaches you to take food from your hand, and he will even come in front of the vessel he is holding when you get close.
To grow captive a tree bark, aquarium gravel, newspaper or a piece of carpet will fit pretty well. Due to its large size, a 40-gallon terrarium is recommended. You can add a few hidden places, a big stone to climb, a medium sized bowl of water and thus create a good environment.
The general temperature of the vessel should be maintained between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a 75-watt red bulb at one end of the bowl to maintain this temperature and to secure a warm area.
Leave a fluorescent light over the pot for 10-12 hours a day. Lizard eating should have vitamins to ensure the right levels of calcium and vitamin D3.
Give the lizard a variety of dishes, including crickets, lettuce, lettuce, snails, cheese, dog manequins, grilled courgettes, strawberries, broccoli and melon. To supplement a balanced diet, the lion's diet varies as much as possible. Fresh food should be offered 3-4 times a week.
The lion's nails can be quite sharp, and if you want to cut them, do it carefully.
Although it can grab the tail, it can break. Never catch the tail lizard; Keep your lizard well to prevent falls and break the unnecessary queue.
Because Australia does not allow the export of native animals, the blue lizard is quite expensive.
Reproduction blue-tongued lizard
It gives birth to live chickens between 6 and 20. It is mentioned that 20 is a record. Chickens consume the placenta right after birth. They look like little adults.
Blue-tailed lizard lives 30 years in captivity.
Did you know that:
Although it almost does not rise from the ground, it moves very fast over short distances?
It can give birth to up to 20 chickens