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Blue Tongue Skink Care Sheet

Scientific Name: Tiliqua spp.

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Blue Tongue Skinks are distinguished, and get their name, from their brightly coloured blue tongues. They have large and solid bodies, with short legs.



Natural Location: Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania
Average Lifespan: 20 Years and more in proper conditions
Estimated Size: 7" to 24" depending on species

Distribution Map

blue tongue skink range map
Captive Care Information

Food & Water

Blue Tongue Skinks eat both meat and vegetable/fruits. Feed them a mixture of both, providing leafy greens, peas, carrots, various fruits, crickets, mealworms, baby mice (frozen, then thawed) etc. Give them a sturdy dish with water, cleaned and changed daily.

Lighting, Temperature & Humidity

A basking area needs to be kept around 90 degrees F to 95 degrees F. The average temperature of the habitat needs to be a gradient, ranging from 75 degrees F to 85 degress F. Do not let the night time temperature reach 70 degrees F or lower. Full spectrum UVB lighting is essential to the healthy development of your Blue Tongue Skink. You can use flourescent UVB bulbs for this, while using a ceramic heat emitter or incandescent bulbs for the heat source.


A full grown adult Blue Tongue Skink needs a fairly large enclosure, with a minimum size of 55 gallons kept in mind. Larger is always better, especially for these Skinks. Wood or mulch type substrate works very well, as does carpet. A few branches should be included, however your skink may very well not climb. Provide a hide box at all times, for privacy.

- T. adelaidensis; Origin: South Australia
- T. gigas; Common Name: New Guinea Blue-Tongued Skink
- T. mustifaciata; Common Name: Central Blue-Tongued Skink
- T. nigrolutea; Common Name: Blotched Blue-Tongued Skink
- T. occipitalis; Common Name: Western Blue-Tongued Skink
- T. rugosa; Common Name: Shingleback Skink
- T. scincoides intermedia; Common Name: Northern Blue-Tongued Skink
- T. scincoides scincoides; Common Name: Eastern Blue-Tongued Skink

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