Blue tongue lizard
Blue Tongued Lizard. Photo by Peter Waters

You may have come across some rare birds or exotic animals which blew your mind for a moment and the images have stayed with you ever since. Have you ever come across a lizard that blue your mind?

Blue lizards or a blue tongue lizard is a very common species, especially if you live in Australia. The blue tongue lizard is also very popular as a pet. A blue tongue lizard doesn’t belong to any specific species but there are many species and sub species that can be regarded as blue tongue lizards.

One of the most commonly found blue tongue lizard is the eastern blue-tongued lizard. Scientifically known as the Tiliqua scincoides scincoides, this blue tongue lizard is known so because of its blue tongue. Not all species have a blue tongue, but in that sense, this one actually a blue tongue lizard. The lizard is found in bush-lands and across many suburban areas in eastern Australia; more specifically, in the state of Queensland. The blue tongue of this lizard can be light blue, dark blue or can be extremely bright or glowing blue.

This blue tongue lizard is extremely popular as pets because it moves very slowly. The size of this lizard is usually up to 60 cm and it can be easily spotted in the gardens or in roadside landscapes. The lizard can be observed for a long time due to its slow movements and it can also be caught easily. This blue tongue lizard is also very friendly to humans and thus can be easily petted.

There are some other blue lizards as well which are similar to the eastern blue lizard. For instance, there is the common blue tongue lizard which is the eastern species, there is a northern blue tongue lizard, a western and central species as well as blotched blue tongue lizard, shingle-back and pygmy blue tongue lizard. There is even a special place for the blue tongue lizard at the Australian Museum in Sydney.

The northern blue tongue lizard is found in the tropical regions of Australia, the northernmost region of Queensland and Northern Territory. The western and the central blue tongue lizards are relatively rare and are listed as endangered or vulnerable. The blotched blue lizards are found in the south west and they prefer the highlands and not the plains or coastal regions. The shingle-back blue lizard is also known as sleepy lizard, bob tailed lizard and stumpy tailed lizard. They are mostly found in the Great Dividing Range. The pygmy blue tongue lizard is found in South Australia, more specifically in and around Burra.