The Eastern Blue-tongue, Tiliqua scincoides, is greyish brown, with between 7 and 10 darker bars across the body. It is a large skink, growing to a snout vent length of 290 mm.
Common Blue-Tongue Lizard
Photographer: Peter Robertson / Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty. Ltd.
Distribution and habitat
Although more common on the basalt plains to the west of Melbourne, Common Blue-tongue Lizards are also found on the Mornington Peninsula. They are usually found basking or sheltering under cover such as fallen logs, or discarded rubbish such as timber or iron.
Their diet consists of both plant and animal material, such as snails. Females give birth to as many as 25 live young in a litter.
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Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2003. Reptiles of Australia. Princeton University Press.