When disturbed the blue-tongued skink puts on quite a display. It puffs up and hisses, then gapes its mouth and sticks out its bright blue tongue in an attempt to startle a would-be predator.
This lizard spends most of its time hidden in leaf litter. The shape of its head and overall coloration is thought to mimic the venomous death adder.
HABITATSemi-desert, woodlands, scrublands
DIETLeaves, berries, flowers, insects, snails
LIFE Expectancy10-20 years