Blue Tongue Skink!

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On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote catches a Blue Tongue Skink!
While exploring the Australian outback just outside the town of Meandarra the team stumbles upon this large snake-like lizard! Infamous for their large blue tongue defensive display, this species is well known in pet trades around the world.
Get ready to meet Australia’s favorite skink!
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Caption: So right now we are out exploring in . some back country and we're searching . for diurnal species of snakes and. lizards right now and this is a pretty . unique environment very dry no no no . it's a skink looks just like a snake . look at that right there . the australian outback is home to a . variety of reptilian inhabitants and . having an encounter with one is often a . matter finding yourself walking in the . right place at the right time today we . are exploring the outline borders of the . antara a remote rural town that boasts . over 350 square miles of pristine . outback the terrain is a rugged . seemingly endless maze of sparse and . scraggly underbrush which for the most . part is incredibly unforgiving when it. comes to hiking so right now we are out . exploring in some backcountry and we . were searching for diurnal species of . snakes and lizards right now king . brown's bearded dragons san go anna's . stinks of various sorts from the blue . tongue to the shingle back and this is a . pretty unique environment very dry look . at this all the branches just break . apart it is like a giant tinder box out . here to help aid against the . environmental challenges we are . exploring along an experienced team of . animal specialists blocky gilding and . max jackson from australian wildlife . encounters working under special permits. they will be helping us navigate the . landscape as we attempt to get a variety . of reptilian inhabitants up close for . the cameras . [music]. right here. guys right here look at this look at . this the snake snake no no no it's a . skank looks just like a snake look at . that right there nestled down right in . the crux of that log you see it i . thought was a snake up over the top of . that dad is actually that's a blue . tongue skink hold on you got a good shot . on it yep and they're not real fast but . it will oftentimes give you a great . defensive display let me see hi buddy . [music]. wait where'd it go okay coming this way . that is what they will do it will rear . up their heads and show you that . distinctive blue tongue that's . incredible look at that tongue all right . i'm gonna pick it up let's bring it over . here hi buddy how are you look at that . lizard okay here back up a little bit . wow this is great the blue tongue skink. now this is one of the species i hoped . we would encounter here in australia. when it comes to skink species i would . say that this is not only one of the . most common but also one of the most . iconic the name blue tongue skink you . guys can imagine where that comes from . let me sort of blow some air in front of . its nose and see if i can get it to . stick its tongue out you guys ready . [music]. they use that tongue there you go you . see that sensing my hand right now there . you go tasting my hand turn a little bit . so you can see it there mariana not . aggressive at all look at that but . oftentimes when you find them on the . ground their first defensive posture is . to rear their body around open up that . mouth and go display that large blue. tongue now they are not venomous but . that blue tongue is a po somatic . potentially warning a predator that you . don't know if i'm venomous or not and if . i am and i bite you it's going to be a . really bad day but this lizard is . completely harmless now oftentimes here . in australia people will see these . reptiles in their backyard and they'll . call animal services and say i've got a . snake in my backyard somebody come and . remove it but it's more likely a skink . than it is a snake and you can see why . people oftentimes miss identify them if . i hold those legs down to the side it . looks just like the body of a snake and . even when they move through the . environment their general locomotion . that propels them forward makes them . look like a snake here i'm going to set . it down on the ground and watch the way . that this reptile moves are you ready . you got a good shot there i'm gonna let . it go . can i just glides through the . environment yeah and the scales are . incredibly smooth and because they're so. smooth that allows them to easily glide . over the underbrush underneath logs over . rocks you name it these creatures are . constantly on the move . little nomads spending their day . searching for food wow that is one . really awesome looking lizard now one . thing that's really cool about this . lizard species is that there are . ovoviviparous and what that means is . that they give birth to live young . now the blue tongue skink will give. birth to anywhere between two and six . baby skinks if you guys know what baby . skanks are called in plaits actually . that would be a really good name for . baby skinks but it's technically called . a litter i guess maybe it's a litter . like puppies maybe an individual skink . litt is called a pup no i like skank . let's better let's officially call them . skink let's let me talk about those . little back legs they're pretty cute . aren't they hey let's take a look at . those let's see your legs buddy look at . those little stumpers and they do have . really sharp claws and they're capable . of climbing up and over logs rocks fit . through narrow crevices they're. opportunistic omnivores which means . they're always on the move searching for. small little insects arachnids and . sometimes even feasting on plants now . look at the length of this lizard a . little over a foot long and this is . about average size for a full-grown . adult and it's really hard to . distinguish between the males and the . females but typically the males grow . just a bit bigger than their female . counterparts and look at that tail short . and stubby and this lizard is not . capable of dropping its tail like some . lizard species and some species of skink . actually store fat in their tails . similar to that of a gila monster and . they will actually live off of that fat . during times of drought and a lack of . food source that's interesting they have . really large ear holes on the backside . their heads so imagine they must have . great hearing and because their bodies . are so low to the ground i imagine they . sense a lot of movement in their . environments so let's say something like . a dingo where to come across it could . probably feel it from quite a distance . away and then be able to scurry . underneath a log or into a burrow oh . actually you know what this gank has . ticks on it i don't know if you can see . that zoom in on the side of its head . there it has two ticks of that that . loveth yeah those are two ticks stuck on. the side of its head actually buddy you . want us to help you out i can remove . those ticks for you now that is a . parasite on the reptile and actually i'm . gonna help you out i'm gonna remove your . ticks as those ticks are just feeding . off of this animals blood right now not . a second actually mario can you hold the . skink stick your hand out here for a . second hold on to the skink i'm gonna . get a multi-tool out of my bag for a . little guy parasites on him okay go . ahead and bring him back here . this is not gonna hurt the lizard in any . way and actually they almost look like . scales okay i'm gonna just hold him down . like this no i should be able to get him . right there's got it that's one i know . buddy i know i think he knows that we're . helping him out . be on it whoa that's no good that's no . good i got your tix bud look at that all . right i'm just going to flick those off . back into the wild don't worry i won't . flicka matt you guys that way. all right ready there they go all right . that is one happy skink does that feel . better now that you don't have ticks on . you look at the coloration of the eyes . absolutely gorgeous . golden on the outside in that dark black . pupil they have excellent eyesight . during the day and now the tongue is. starting to come out you guys noticing. that that big blue tongue and they're . using that to sense their environment . they use that to help detect chemicals . which helps them find their food this . was pretty awesome coming across one of . the most iconic lizard species here in . australia the blue tongue skink i'm . coyote peterson be brave stay wild we'll . see on the next adventure . the bizarre nature of the blue tongue . skink with its short stumpy legs . snake-like movements and big blue tongue . certainly classified is one of the most. unique reptiles we have featured on the . brave wilderness channel and while they . are often misidentified in australia for . being snakes it's important to remember . that these lizards . despite their aggressive display are . only interested in escaping human . interaction and should always be . considered harmless . hey coyote pack i have some exciting . news i'm proud to announce that the crew . and i will be back on tour in 2018 with . brave wilderness live visiting cities . all across north america our first shows . are in anaheim and san diego california . from there we head to phoenix arizona . beyond that we will be visiting san . francisco california portland oregon . seattle washington in boulder colorado . with many more shows to be announced in . the coming months tickets can be . purchased at the brave wilderness. website so make sure to reserve your . seats today and don't forget subscribe . so you can join me in the crew on this . season of breaking trail i'm kyra . peterson be brave. 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