17 Jun 🦎 Our mystery guest is the Eastern Blue Tongued Lizard.
Posted at 16:23h in NHM
The scientific name of this lizard is 𝘛𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘢 𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘴.
Not surprisingly, blue tongue lizards get their common name from their bright blue fleshy tongues. Blue tongues like to eat insects, snails, carrion (dead animals), wild flowers, native fruits and berries. If you have a blue tongue in your garden, it can help to keep down the number of snails and plant-eating insects! But be careful if you use snail baits and insecticides in the garden, because blue-tongues will eat snails and slugs poisoned by snail baits and can then be poisoned themselves.
Did you know that blue tongues are viviparous, which means that the females give birth to live young! The young are born self-sufficient (that is, they can look after themselves) and leave a few days after they are born.
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