What do they look like? The Blue-tongue Lizard is a medium sized robust lizard with a long body and short legs. It has a distinctive triangular shaped head with a very bright blue flat tongue. Blue-tongues occur throughout Australia and the pattern and colouration varies in a number of habitat types.
Blue-tongue Lizards are one of the most common lizards throughout Australia. They occur in most habitat types including central Australia. They shelter under dense vegetation, hollow logs and even piles of debris.
What do they eat?Blue-tongues are omnivores and are fond of flowers, fungi and snails. Due to their stocky legs and inability to climb they must take all food from the ground.
Behaviour:As Blue-tongues are diurnal they can often be found sunning themselves in gardens. If they are disturbed or threatened they will open their mouth as widely as possible to expose the bright blue tongue in an attempt to scare off predators. Although they do not have sharp teeth they can deliver a painful bite if provoked.
Reproduction:Blue-tongue lizards give birth to live young during the summer. They carry up to 25 young for a three month gestation period.
Threats:Unfortunately large numbers of Blue-tongues are killed each year by domestic pets such as cats and dogs. Blue-tongue also fall victim to secondary poisoning from snail baits.
Conservation Status:Blue-tongue Lizards are considered common and widespread.