Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Family: Scincidae

Genus: Tiliqua

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About the animal

Common Blue-tongue Skinks are a large-bodied lizard in the family Scincidae. Australia has several species of Blue-tongue, the Common Blue-tongue is the most commonly encountered by people and is one of the most iconic Australian reptiles. The Common Blue-tongue is a single species with two colour forms that are often referred to by different common names. The smaller lizards on the east coast are called Eastern Blue-tongue Skinks and the larger, yellower animals northern Australia are called Northern Blue-tongue Skinks. Common Blue-tongues inhabit open areas including woodlands and grasslands with plenty of ground cover such as tussock grasses, rocks or logs under which they shelter at night or during cold periods.