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Blotched Blue-tongued Lizard

Tiliqua nigrolutea

Blotched Blue-tongue Distribution Blotched Blue-tongued Lizard Blotched Blue-tongued Lizard
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Date & Time: 26 October 2004 9:40
Place: Tremont, Dandenong Ranges National Park

Young Blue-tongue Young Blue-tongue
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Date & Time: 27 October 2007 8:45
Place: Belgrave South

This is one of several similar genera, which I didn't realize until searching for their scientific name a while back. The other similar species appearing in Victoria is the Eastern Blue-Tongued Skink Tiliqua scincoides scincoides, but this is unlikely to appear just south-east of Melbourne and that one has a very banded pattern. The Blotched Blue-tongue appears in much of Tasmania (except south-central), and on the mainland from the south-east corner of South Australia through much of Victoria and into the hills of south-eastern NSW and ACT, as shown in the distribution map.

It is an omnivore, its diet includes flowers, snails and caterpillars. They are large skinks, growing to over 30cm long, and hibernate in winter. I remember, growing up in the Dandenongs, finding them hibernating between sheets of corrugated iron.

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