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Eastern blue-tongue lizard

The eastern blue-tongue lizard, one of the largest skinks in Australia, is found throughout most of NSW. When threatened, the eastern blue-tongue lizard displays its blue tongue in a wide-mouthed intimidating show. Not an agile animal, they feed on slow-moving beetles and snails.

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Found throughout NSW as far west as Cobar, the eastern blue-tongue lizard is one of the larger species of Australian skinks, which are characterised by their smooth, overlapping scales. The eastern blue-tongue lizard has a wide flattened head and a stout silver-grey body covered with blackish stripes.

Although generally a shy animal, the eastern blue-tongue lizard can put on an intimidating display when threatened, opening its mouth wide and sticking out its broad blue tongue. While these Australian animals aren’t agile, blue-tongues have strong jaws, so they can crush slow-moving prey such as beetles and snails.

The eastern blue-tongue lizard prefers open woodlands with plenty of ground cover or rocky areas.

Animal facts

Common name
Eastern blue-tongue lizard
Scientific name
Tiliqua scinciodes
Conservation status in NSW
Protected

Parks in which this animal is found

Kinchega National Park. Photo: John Spencer