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Wonderfully Wild Wednesday: Blue tongue

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications

Why is a blue-tongued skink’s tongue blue? 

Blue-tongued skink. Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

Because we feed it blue ice pops.

Nah, just kidding. That blue tongue is a natural adaptation. A blue tongue darting out dramatically from a skink’s mouth can warn off or startle away predators.


Anonymous said…
that photo must've taken a long wait to get!