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EASTERN BLUETONGUE SKINK
Tiliqua scincoides scincoides

Tiliqua scincoides scincoides

The Eastern Bluetongue Tiliqua scincoides scincoides is found in the Eastern and Southern parts of the range of the Common Bluetongue Tiliqua scincoides whereas the other subspecies called the Northern Bluetongue Tiliqua scincoides intermedia is found in Northern and Western parts of the range.

MAP  Tiliqua scincoides intermedia Reptiles of Australia
Distribution map showing approximate distribution of both subspecies of Common Bluetongue Tiliqua scincoides

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

DISTRIBUTION

Eastern Blue-Tongued Lizard

Tiliqua scincoides scincoides

NSW, ACT, Qld, SA, Vic

Northern Blue-Tongued Lizard

Tiliqua scincoides intermedia

NT, Qld, WA


EASTERN (Common) BLUETONGUE SKINK Tiliqua scincoides scincoides  
Typical head markings on an Eastern Bluetongue Tiliqua scincoides scincoides notice the long scales directly behind the eye.

Tiliqua scincoides scincoides
Pictures above are of the 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, and is not a reliable method to tell the subspecies apart.



These are captive bred hybrids between a Shingleback 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


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Australian Lizards: A Natural History [Paperback]

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