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 here which is native
to the island of New Guinea and some other Indonesian
islands off Australia. It is also called the Indonesian
Apparent blue eyes
Usual brown eyes
There are 3 subspecies of the Giant Blue-tongued classified
and another claimed but unclassified: the Irian Jaya
subspecies which looks similar to the nominal Eastern
Blue-tongued from Australia with its light background and
legs and handsome gold-coloured bands. Those shown here are
all the nominal subspecies.
The juvenile (above left) has a silvery grey background with
black bands, developing to an olive green with black bands
as it matures (above right). It has shiny black legs,
sometimes with some white markings. The
Indonesian or Giant Blue-tongued males reach some 60 cm
of which about half is tail (the same size as most
Australian mainland species except the Pygmy).
In certain light, the olive background can look yellow or
even shiny gold (above), with gold bars below.