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Eastern Blue-tongued Skink (Tiliqua scincoides) Fact Sheet: Diet & Feeding

Diet

(Rose 1974; Cogger 2014, except as noted)

Plants

  • Wildflowers
  • Native fruits
  • Berries
  • Fungi (Koenig et al. 2001)
  • Likely foliage (Horner 2004; Wilson and Swan 2017)
    • Unknown, but likely an important part of their diet

Animals

Feeding

Finding and manipulating food

  • Rear teeth enlarged for crushing hard foods (Wilson 2012)
    • Snails
    • Insects
    • Fruits
  • Bumps (papillae) on tongue surface may improve swallowing ability (Abbate et al. 2009)
  • Flick tongue while detecting food (Cooper 2000)
  • Adapt feeding style to catch faster (vs. slower) moving prey (Smith et al. 1999)

Blue Taste Buds

Blue-tongued skink with tongue protruded

The skink's tongue helps it to detect and swallow food.

Blue-tongued skinks enjoy eating flowers, fruits, leaves, insects—and snails! They have large rear teeth for crushing hard foods.

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