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Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Park Open 10:00 - 3:00 

Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

Eastern Blue-Tongued Skink


Tiliqua scincoides

  • Classification: Reptile
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 15-20yrs
  • Length: 1.5-2ft
  • Range: Eastern Australia
  • Habitat: bushlands and suitable suburban habitat
    • Diet in the Wild: small mammals, insects, plants
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: rodents, veggies, fruit, earthworms, mealworms, snails, crickets

Early in the morning, blue-tongues emerge to bask in sunny areas before foraging for food during the warmer parts of the day. Like all lizards, blue-tongues do not produce their own body heat, and rely on the warmth of their surroundings to raise their body temperature. When threatened, blue-tongues turn toward the threat, open their mouth wide, and stick out their broad, blue tongue. This contrasting display, together with the large size of the head, may frighten off predators. Blue-tongues may also hiss and flatten out the body, making themselves look bigger. A frightened blue-tongue may bite if it is picked up. If handled roughly by their tail, blue-tongues will drop it. Their stump heals quickly and will regenerate with some time, though it will be shorter.

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11845 Lower River Rd., Grants Pass, OR 97526
P.O. Box 36, Merlin OR 97532

Clinic/Office/Gift Shop Hours
7 days a week, 9:00 - 4:00

Self-Guided Tours
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00 - 3:00   
(Park closes at 3:00)   

Ticket Prices                                                          
Adults $14 | Seniors $12 (65+)
Children (ages 4-13) $7
Children ages 3 and under by donation

Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

In this pursuit we aim to:

  • Involve people to share in our mission.
  • Educate people about the personal benefits of taking care of wildlife and the environment entrusted to our care.
  • Inspire people to make positive changes improving the world for wildlife.

We Need Your Help

With over 115 animal ambassadors, and over 1,000 sick injured and orphaned animals brought to our center each year - every dollar counts. We rely solely on people like yourself to support the work we do.

We receive no State or Federal funding and depend entirely on private funds to carry out our Mission.