The Blotched Blue-tongue is one of our larger skinks, attaining a snout vent length to 250 mm. It is a dark coloured lizard with light coloured patches which gives it the appearance of having wide broken longitudinal stripes, rather than cross bands.
Blotched Blue-tongue Lizard
Photographer: Peter Robertson / Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty. Ltd.
Distribution and habitat
The Blotched Blue Tongue is common in the east and north east areas of Melbourne. It is commonly found basking, or sheltering under cover such as fallen logs or discarded rubbish, such as timber or iron.
Its diet consists of both plant and animal material. It loves to eat snails and slugs which should make it a welcome visitor to our gardens. The females give birth to as many as 12 live young in a litter.
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