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EASTERN (Common) BLUETONGUE SKINK
Tiliqua scincoides scincoides

Tiliqua scincoides scincoides
This dark Eastern Bluetongue Tiliqua scincoides scincoides was found at Breadalbane, NSW

MAP  Tiliqua scincoides intermedia Reptiles of Australia
The Common or Eastern Bluetongue Tiliqua scincoides scincoides is found in the Eastern and Southern parts of the range. The Northern Bluetongue Tiliqua scincoides intermedia is found in Northern and Western parts of the range.

EASTERN (Common) BLUETONGUE SKINK Tiliqua scincoides scincoides  

Tiliqua scincoides scincoides
This Eastern Bluetongue Tiliqua scincoides scincoides has it original tail

This Eastern Bluetongue Tiliqua scincoides scincoides
This Eastern Bluetongue Tiliqua scincoides scincoides was happily basking on the edge of a busy road near Wollongong, NSW. It had lost part of its tail which has started regrowing. Bluetongues may drop their tails under extreme conditions, but many lose their tails when run over on roads.

Tiliqua scincoides scincoides
Juvenile Eastern Bluetongue Tiliqua scincoides scincoides

Pictures above are of the Common or Eastern Bluetongue - Tiliqua scincoides scincoides. The general pattern does not vary greatly in this subspecies, unlike the Northern Bluetongue Tiliqua scincoides intermedia which has extreme geographic variation. Note the that eye stripe may be indistinct or missing in some individuals of Tiliqua scincoides scincoides and present in some Tiliqua scincoides intermedia.



These are captive bred hybrids between a Shinglebacks Tiliqua rugosa asper and a Common Bluetongue Tiliqua scincoides scincoides, however hybrids have occasionally been found in the wild. An adult wild caught Shingleback/bluetongue hybrid was kept on display at the South Australian Museum in the information section for many years until it was stolen. Later the South Australian Museum obtained a second adult Shingleback/bluetongue hybrid which I think was also wild caught. I suspect one parent of each museum specimen was a Common Bluetongue Tiliqua scincoides scincoides or possibly a lowlands form of Blotched Bluetongue Tiliqua nigrolutea

NORTHERN BLUETONGUE SKINK
Tiliqua scincoides intermedia

NORTHERN BLUETONGUE SKINK Tiliqua scincoides intermedia
This Northern Bluetongue Tiliqua scincoides intermedia was given to John Fowler as a baby by Bob Irwin, (Father of Steve Irwin). It came from the Gulf of Carpenteria. Some Bluetongues from the other parts of their range may look very different to this. Northern Bluetongues grow larger than Common Bluetongues


This Northern Bluetongue was photographed at the West Australian Reptile Park


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