AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS AND INFORMATION
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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
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
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