Eastern blue-tongued lizard

Eastern blue-tongued lizard

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Tiliqua scincoides scincoides

The Tiliqua scincoides scincoides, or eastern blue-tongued lizard, is native to Australia. It is unique due to its blue tongue, which can be used to warn off predators. In addition to flashing its blue tongue, the skink hisses and puffs up its chest to assert dominance and appear bigger when in the presence of its predators such as large snakes and birds. The eastern blue tongue is ovoviviparous and precocial, meaning that its young are more developed and advanced at their time of birth. The Tiliqua scincoides scincoides is not poisonous to humans and can be found in suburban and urban areas, specifically in house gardens.

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References

1. Eastern blue-tongued lizard Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_blue-tongued_lizard
2. Eastern blue-tongued lizard on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/109481538/109481555

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