Tiliqua gigas

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Indonesian blue-tongued skink
Blue Tongued Skink 001.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Tiliqua
Species:
T. gigas
Binomial name
Tiliqua gigas
(Schneider, 1801)[1]

Tiliqua gigas (Indonesian blue-tongued skink) is a close relative of the Eastern blue-tongued lizard. They are endemic to the island of New Guinea and other various surrounding islands. They are found typically in the rainforest, and in captivity, require high humidity. As opposed to Tiliqua scincoides, they are fairly lean. They're also accompanied by long tails (60–90% of their SVL). There are currently three subspecies of Tiliqua gigas. First subspecies to be recognized is Tiliqua gigas gigas (Schneider, 1801), in which are simply called the Indonesian blue-tongued skink. The second subspecies is Tiliqua gigas keyensis (Oudemans, 1894), typically called the Kei island blue-tongued skink. Lastly, there is Tiliqua gigas evanescens, which is called the Merauke blue-tongued skink.


Importation

The Indonesian blue tongued skink and other members of Tiliqua gigas are imported from Indonesia and these other countries to satisfy the pet trade. However, these animals tend to not do as well as animals in captivity due to being accustomed to more space and having parasites. Many reptile hobbyists refuse to buy these wild caught animals, but newcomers to reptiles often do not know the difference.

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