New Guinea Blue-tongued Skink
Tiliqua gigas

CLASS: Reptilia
ORDER: Squamata
FAMILY: Scincidae

Up to 20 inches in length

Southern New Guinea and eastern Indonesia

Found in scrubland and have a relatively low humidity requirement


  • Wild - Omnivorous diet includes insects, worms, snails, flowers, fruits, and berries
  • Zoo - Small rodents, superworms, crickets, lettuce, carrots, and other vegetables


  • Long bodies lizard with short legs, large blunt triangular head and short autonomous tail
  • Large bright blue tongue
  • Dark scaly skin on back with tan and gray or brown bands; legs and lower sides blackish
  • Pale skin on underside


  • When cornered will present blue tongue in a threatening manner while hissing
  • Mostly diurnal, resting at night in fallen logs or leaf litter
  • Life span of up to 20 years

10-15 live young; Newborns about 4 inches long and weigh about 0.5 ounce