Skinks are not poisonous. A skink is a small lizard, with most species being a bit less than 8 inches long. It is one of the most common lizards. Some types of skinks make good pets.Know More
Most skinks dig burrows where they can hide from predators such as birds of prey, other types of lizards, rodents, snakes, raccoons and possums. Other skinks live in decaying logs and under leaf litter.
Skinks eat small invertebrates such as insects and spiders. As is the case with some other lizards, if a skink is caught by the tail, the tail detaches itself. However, it grows back in time.Learn More
While other skinks have blue tails, the term "blue-tailed skink" usually refers to a juvenile form of the five-lined skink, which is an insectivore and eats spiders, roaches, crickets, grasshoppers, beetle larvae, caterpillars, earthworms, snails, slugs, millipedes, crickets, termites, flies, ants and beetles. It also eats slightly larger vertebrae prey, including smaller lizards, baby mice and frogs.Full Answer >
According to New Scientist, there are several varieties of venomous lizards, but the presence or absence of a blue tail isn't enough to determine which lizards are poisonous and which ones are not. In fact, as recently as 2005, there were thought to only be two types of venomous lizard.Full Answer >
Contrary to myth, the five-lined skink is not poisonous and only bites when threatened. In fact, the bite of this smaller skink is not painful and is unlikely to break the skin.Full Answer >
The lizard has a wide variety of predators, including birds, snakes and even other lizards. When being chased or attacked by predators, lizards may swell up, hiss, break off their tails to escape or even change colors to blend in with their surroundings.Full Answer >