Although the blue-tailed lizard’s tail is actually blue, its body is black with yellow stripes.
The blue-tailed lizard is a type of lizard native to Australia. As its name suggests, this small reptile features a striking blue tail at the end of a dark brown or black body. Skinks are active during the day and are able to tolerate a wide range of temperatures. Its scientific name is Cryptoblepharus egeriae.
Although native to Australia’s Christmas Island, these lizards are now found throughout Australia, New Zealand, Fuji and Indonesia. They also inhabit the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, Micronesia and many parts of the United States. Their preferred habitats are low-level vegetation and plantations with some tree cover; while most lizards live at ground level, some also choose a hole in a tree. The diet of this exotic lizard mainly consists of small insects such as crickets, grasshoppers, earthworms and ants. These insects are usually very easy to find among vegetation and small trees where blue-tailed lizards make their homes.
Blue-tailed crayfish often eat crickets.
The back of the blue-tailed lizard has three distinct yellow stripes. One possible reason for the location and color of these stripes is that they can cause predators to direct their eyes towards the glowing blue tail, perhaps preventing a fatal attack on the lizard’s body. As the blue-tailed lizard ages, its striking colors may begin to fade or become less prominent. Male lizards may have some red markings around the head area, while female lizards tend to have little or no red coloration.
Blue-tailed crayfish are found throughout Australia, New Zealand, Fuji and Indonesia.
The average length of the blue-tailed lizard is 4 to 6 cm from head to tail, although some can be much larger than that. An interesting and unique feature of the striking blue tail is that it can be temporarily dropped by the lizard in a dangerous situation to distract a predator. The tail will continue to move as the lizard itself runs to safety and must grow back. Most lizards live in holes and tunnels that can be easily reached if predators are threatening.
Blue-tailed lizards are popular pets for anyone looking for a more exotic lizard. Caring for this type of reptile requires a moderate degree of knowledge and some specialized equipment. The temperature and humidity of the lizard’s environment must be carefully controlled, and access to adequate food and water sources is essential. Skinks do not tend to tolerate much handling, and this is particularly true of the blue-tailed variety, as their tails are very sensitive. The estimated lifespan for a lizard in captivity is approximately ten years.