Skinks are glossier than lizards and have tiny legs and feet.
There are 6 species of Blue-tongued Skink, all native to
Australia except the Giant Blue-tongued which is native to
New Guinea and some Indonesian islands nearby. The
Shingleback, although blue-tongued, is not always included
in the Tiliqua species, which would leave 5
The attractive Eastern Blue-tongued Skink is native to much of
Eastern Australia. The nominal subspecies often has a light
background with some dark golden bars on its back and some
black markings. The intermedia subspecies (Northern
Blue-tongued - not shown) has a
slightly darker body with a russet brown background. All
Blue-tongues have, of course, blue tongues (in a pink inner
The Eastern Blue-tongued is about the same size as the
Indonesian "Giant" Blue-tongued, males reaching some 60 cm
of which half is tail.