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(Rose 1974; Cogger 2014, except as noted)
- Native fruits
- Fungi (Koenig et al. 2001)
- Likely foliage (Horner 2004; Wilson and Swan 2017)
- Unknown, but likely an important part of their diet
- Young ground-nesting birds, rodents, and small mammals (Horner 2004)
- In unusual cases, native frogs (e.g., striped marsh frog, Limnodynastes peronii) (Hobden 2005)
- Also, carrion
Finding and manipulating food
- Rear teeth enlarged for crushing hard foods (Wilson 2012)
- 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
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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