Eastern Blue-tongued Skink (Tiliqua scincoides)
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Class: Reptilia — reptiles
Order: Squamata — lizards, snakes, serpents
Family: Scincidae — skinks
Genus: Tiliqua — blue-tongued skinks
Species: Tiliqua scincoides — eastern blue-tongued skink
Subspecies: T. s. chimaerea (Tanibar Islands, Indonesia)
Subspecies: T. s. intermedia (northern Australia)
Subspecies: T. s. scincoides (southern and eastern Australia)
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Thank you to Mike Swan for providing expert content review of this fact sheet.
Mike Swan is a well-known Australian naturalist, writer, and photographer. Mr. Swan was a senior reptile keeper at Zoos Victoria for 19 years and was also involved with collections are the Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary. Mr. Swan has authored and edited many herpetology books, including An Introduction to Keeping and Breeding Australian Reptiles, Keeping and Breeding Australian Pythons, and Snakes, Lizards and Frogs of the Victorian Mallee. Currently, he manages a 350 specimen reptile collection at Lilydale High School and is a project manager in interpretive design.
Thank you to Dr. Samantha Price-Rees for providing expert content review of this fact sheet.
Dr. Price-Rees conducted detailed studies of blue-tounged skink behavior and spatial ecology during her doctoral research at the University of Sydney, Australia. This research provided insight into the movements of T. scincoides in natural habitats and for demonstrating the impacts of toxic, invasive toads on blue-tongued skink populations in northern Australia. Dr. Price-Rees is now a professional landscape photographer.
Many thanks to Jennifer Hardell, Animal Handler at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, for sharing her knowledge of blue-tongued skink husbandry for the Managed Care section of this fact sheet.