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Blue-tongued Skink

05 Oct

John blue tongued skinkOur class had a visitor from the Berkshire Museum. John from the aquarium brought in the blue-tongued skink.

The blue-tongued skink, Tiliqua scincoides, has a blue tongue as a warning for predators to stay away. It says, “Watch out—I BITE!” Although this one has been raised in captivity and in the past 12 years has never bitten anyone.

The blue-tongued skink can’t make its own energy so it is considered a “heterotroph.” It gets its energy from the food it eats. It eats carbohydrates such as plants, cellulose, and fiber. It eats bugs for protein and for microorganisms to break down lipids and fiber. Its diet is supplemented with vitamins made especially for reptiles. He gets “monkey biscuits.”

We discussed that this reptile, who is native to the deserts of Australia, can store fat and water in its body for long periods of time in order to survive the harsh climate.

He does sleep with his eyes closed and likes to burrow.

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