Everything You Need To Know About Blue Tongue Lizards: Care, Diet and Habits

Blue Tongue Lizards, also known as Tiliqua scincoides, are gentle and docile reptiles that are native to Australia. They are easily recognizable for their bright blue tongues and their long, yellow-brown bodies. Since they are so easy to handle, they make great pets for those who are looking for an exotic reptile companion.

Blue Tongue Lizards are low-maintenance, and with the right care, diet and habits, they can live up to 20 years in captivity. With this guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about caring for your Blue Tongue Lizard, from what to feed them, to setting up the ideal habitat, to understanding their natural behavior. So, if you’re ready to start your journey with a Blue Tongue Lizard, let’s get started!

Diet and Nutrition

Blue Tongue Lizards are omnivores and mainly eat fruits and other plant matter, supplemented with small insects. In the wild, they eat insects like crickets, mealworms, silkworms and moths, as well as small reptiles, carrion and small amounts of plant matter like flowers.

While in captivity, you will need to provide your Blue Tongue Lizard with a daily diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, small amounts of protein and calcium supplements. Some of the best fruits and vegetables to feed your Blue Tongue Lizard include apples, oranges, bananas, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, collard greens, dandelion greens, grapes, melon, nectarines, parsley, strawberries and zucchini.

Setting up the Ideal Habitat

The size of your Blue Tongue Lizard’s habitat will depend on the age of your lizard. For younger lizards, a 10-gallon tank will be sufficient, but for adults, you will need a much larger tank, like a 20-gallon tank. Make sure that you get a tank made of glass or plastic, not wood. If you use a glass tank, make sure to use a screen or a piece of paper towel over the top to keep your lizard from getting hurt if they jump against the glass.

The floor of the cage should be covered with a substrate like paper towels, newsprint, or paper towels covered in bark or coconut fiber. On top of that, place a few bowls, like one for water and one for food, and a place to hide where your lizard can feel safe. You can use special Blue Tongue Lizard hammocks, or you can make your own out of a piece of fleece or a soft t-shirt.

Temperament and Behavior

Since these lizards are so friendly, they are considered excellent starter reptiles for those who are new to keeping reptiles. They are very docile and love to be held, making them great companions for children, too.

As long as you handle them infrequently, in short sessions, they will be very tame and enjoy being petted and held. Blue Tongue Lizards are nocturnal, so they are most active at night. During the day, they should be kept in a dark and quiet place, like a closet or drawer. If you want to observe your Blue Tongue Lizard during the day, a small box with a lid will do. They are also very territorial, so it’s best to house them separately.

Handling and Bonding

Since Blue Tongue Lizards are very docile and calm, you can easily hold them, although you should make sure to wash your hands first. If you want to bond with your lizard, you can gently pick them up every day for about a minute, but make sure to wash your hands first.

If your Blue Tongue Lizard has been handled a lot as a baby, they will not be scared of you, but if they have not, they may try to bite, but they won’t break the skin. If your lizard bites, don’t scream or make any sudden movements, but calmly and slowly put them back in their enclosure. If they keep biting, talk to an exotic pet veterinarian.

Health Concerns and Diseases

As with most reptiles, the biggest health concern with Blue Tongue Lizards is the risk of Salmonella. The best way to avoid this is by washing your hands before and after handling your lizard, and keeping their habitat clean.

If you or someone in your household is sick, make sure to not handle the lizard until you have gotten better. Other health concerns to be aware of include dehydration, overheating, and Vitamin D and calcium deficiency. To avoid dehydration, make sure your lizard’s habitat is well-ventilated and not too humid. To avoid overheating, make sure you don’t keep the light on for too long and the habitat isn’t too warm. To avoid calcium deficiency, make sure you are feeding your lizard a diet that is high in calcium.

Fun Facts about Blue Tongue Lizards

Blue Tongue Lizards are one of the most popular exotic reptiles in the world, and they are native to Australia. They are easily recognizable for their bright blue tongues and their long, yellow-brown bodies. The name ‘blue tongue’ actually refers to the blue-colored lining of their mouths, which is a defense mechanism that warns predators to stay away.

It is also believed that blue tongue lizards are able to smell with their tongues. These lizards are extremely hardy and easy to care for, making them a great choice for anyone who is interested in exotic reptiles. Blue tongue lizards are nocturnal and are very territorial, so they should be housed separately.

They are also very hardy and easy to care for, making them a great choice for anyone interested in exotic reptiles. However, they do have to be kept at a warm temperature, and they also require a calcium supplement for healthy bones and teeth.

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