Samantha, Blue-tongued skink
Samantha’s blue tongue advertises a warning to predators; in the wild, bright colors usually indicate a poisonous creature. But in fact, Blue-tongued skinks are not poisonous but are very fast, they have sharp claws, and a strong bite. Samantha is actually pretty calm and hand-able with her keepers in the Interpretive Center. She is very mellow when she goes out on the ZooMobile program and the young kids can get an up close look at the blue tongue.
Blue-tongued skinks are specially designed to crawl into burrows to find their food. Their back legs look like they are on backward and this gives them the ability to crawl backward out of those narrow openings. Their ear holes are also on the back of their head to protect them from all the debris. Samantha enjoys being outside in the sun and will explore and bury herself in all the leaves.