Blue Tongue Lizard

The Eastern Blue Tongue Lizard is one of the most well known lizards in Australia. But did you that that contrary to their names Blue Tongue Lizards are actually from the skink family.

These lizards are found in woodlands, grasslands and heath country but feel just at home in urban and suburban backyards. This means that they are often the victims of motor vehicle accidents, lawn mower injuries and predation from domestic pets.

Due to how the rib cage covers the animal’s internal organs they usually survive the initial trauma and escape. However depending on the injury, it can leave the lizard weakened, unable to move properly nor fend for itself and their wounds may become infected.

This little guy came into the AREPH unable to move his back legs and had a wound on the right leg. After a thorough physical exam and xrays he was treated with antimicrobials, pain relief, given fluids and supportive care. X-rays showed there were thankfully no fractures or breaks were seen. He may have a long road to recovery to see if he gets the movement but in his legs and we will be with him the whole way. Give this little guy a like to show him you care.

Fun fact: Did you know that blue tongue lizards give birth to love young!

Thanks to Benjamin Chen (5th yr veterinary student) for helping to look after this guy and write his bio

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