Western Bluetongue


Common Name: Western Bluetongue
Scientific Name: Tiliqua occipitalis
Family: Scincidae (Skinks)
Genus: Tiliqua
Status: Secure – Category 2
Size: SVL 320mm

—— Description ——
Slender Tiliqua with long slightly depressed head, elongate body, long slender tail and smooth scales. Ground colour pale yellowish-brown to pale greyish-brown, marked with approximately 4-6 broad dark brown bands on body, and 3-4 on tail. These may enclose scattered pale spots, occasionally aligned to form large irregular open circles on dorsal surface. Pale interspaces may enclose additional narrow incomplete bands, particularly on flanks. Broad blackish stripe extends from eye to about ear. Ventral surfaces cream to white, sometimes bearing obscure extensions of lateral bands. Those on tail form complete rings. SVL 320mm. Differs from T. scincoides by number of supraocular scales contacting frontal scale (one vs 2), and in usually bearing fewer and broader bands on body.

—— Preferred Habitat ——
Subhumid to arid southern Australia, from north-western Vic. and south-western NSW, through SA and south-western NT to Carnarvon, WA. Favours open sandy areas supporting mallee/hummock grass associations and heathlands. Inhabits red sand ridges in NT, and pale dunes in coastal regions.

—— Micro Habitat ——
Usually shelters in shallow burrows beneath dead vegetation and surface debris. Otherwise as for genus.

The following equipment is needed for this reptile:

  • An adequately sized Reptile Vivarium.
  • A suitable heating source, ie: Heat Element, Heat Mat, Heat Cord and Heat Lamp.
  • Adequate lighting, ie: UVA – UVB.
  • Water Bowl.
  • Other optional products are also available to ensure total comfort for your reptile.