Clever young Australian eastern blue-tongue lizards


This February 2018 video says about itself:

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!

From Macquarie University in Australia:

Baby blue-tongues are born smart

Australian research finds little lizards learn very quickly

July 15, 2019

Young Australian eastern blue-tongue lizards (Tiliqua scincoides) are every bit as clever as adults, researchers have found.

Life is hard for baby blue-tongues. As soon as they are born, they are on their own, with neither parental support nor protection. Adults of the species can grow to 600 millimetres long and enjoy the benefits of thick scales and a powerful bite, but the young are much smaller and thus more vulnerable to predation.

And that means they have to box clever if they are to survive.

A dozen adults, all over two years old, took part in the tests, along with 16 captive-born juveniles, all aged between 23 and 56 days.

“In all the tests, the young lizards performed every bit as well as the adults,” said Szabo. “This indicates that the young learn at adult levels from a very early age.”

The study, published in the journal Animal Behaviour, is the first to directly compare adult and juvenile flexible learning in a reptile species.

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