The eastern blue-tongued skink is a lizard with a flat, broad body and short legs. Its overlapping scales are usually gray or brown in color, with a series of striped bands on the back and tail.
Eastern blue-tongued skinks measure an average of 17 inches (43.2 cm) long, with a maximum of 22 inches (55.9 cm). Their average weight is 10-18 ounces (283.5-510.3 g).
In the wild, blue-tongued skinks are omnivores that eat a variety of plants and animals including insects, snails, flowers, fruits, and berries. At Cosley Zoo, the skinks are fed fruits, vegetables, crickets, worms, and mice.
Blue-tongued skinks breed in the spring. Gestation is 150 days. Females give birth to an average of 10 live young at a time, with a maximum clutch size of 25. There is no parental care, and the young skinks are on their own soon after birth. The young grow very quickly and can reach adult size in less than one year.
The eastern blue-tongued skink is native to the eastern coastal portion of Australia, and inhabits primarily woodlands and forests.
Eastern Blue-tongued Skinks can live up to 20 years.
Skinks make up an important part of the diet of many predators, such as raptors, snakes, and feral cats and dogs. They are also important predators of insects. Many people welcome skinks into their gardens to control populations of snails and insects.