western blue-tongued lizard

As its name suggests, it has a blue tongue, which contrasts with the pink interior of its mouth. When threatened, it may open its mouth and stick out its tongue in a threat display. If the initial display is unsuccessful, and the predator or threat does not retreat, it may hiss and flatten out its body in an attempt to make itself look bigger.

The Western Blue-tongued Lizard, Tiliqua occipitalis, (also known as the Western Blue-tongued Skink) is a variety of large skink native to Australia. The Western Blue-tongued Lizard is one of six species of blue-tongued lizard found in Australia, though further species are found in New Guinea and Indonesia.


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