We keep and breed 3 species of Blue Tongue Skink. Meraukes and Irian Jayas (IJs) are from Indonesia, and Northerns are from Australia. There are some subtle and more distinct differences between each species.

IJs are the smallest and most petit of the three. In our experience they are also the most inquisitive. They love to be moving and exploring. Their tail length is between the Merauke and the Northern. They mature at 18-22 inches long, with males being shorter than females. They will usually have a "trident" of three stripes running vertically from the back of their head and down their neck. Their front legs are usually a solid light grey or tan, but may have a little bit of black flecking. They have thick bands that are uniform in color around their body, these bands usually have a dark border and are dark center color.

Meraukes are the longest of the three. In our experience they are also the most docile, they are lazy, like to bask, and will often sit on your lap for quite some time. Their tail makes up almost half of their length. The mature at 24-30 inches long, with males being shorter than females. They will usually have one stripe running vertically from the back of their head and down their neck. Their front legs will have a distinct checkerboard pattern in white and black. They will have a salmon colored belly that often spreads up under their chin. Their bands can range in width, but usually aren't as wide as an IJ's. The bands are uniform in shape around their bodies, but may be darker on the sides. These bands will have a dark border, and a caramel colored center.

Northerns the the middle sized blue tongue skink that we keep. They have the shortest tail, but tend to have a chunkier body than the others. Northerns will mature about 22-26 inches long. They have solid, light colored front legs. Their bands are not uniform around their bodies, the sides are often quite distinct from the top. The sides will have yellow or orange between the dark side bands, and the top is usually significantly different, but varies widely.