Several times a year, our friends from Moody Gardens in Galveston stop by the Merrell in the Morning Show to highlight some of their attractions.  Every once in a while, they'll also bring along a furry or feathered or scaly-skinned friend.  This morning, Azul made a visit. 

Azul is a Blue-tongued Skink.  She (I'm guessing she's a girl by the name, I wasn't quite sure how else to check on a skink) is a reptile and native to Australia.  Skinks such as this one can live up to 20 years and they are easily identified by their blue tongue.  In the wild, this blue tongue is one of the biggest forms of defense.  Predators will usually associate the blue tongue with a creature that is venomous and therefore, keep their distance.

However, in this case, the blue tongue is all show.  This skink is not poisonous and if it cannot convince a predator otherwise, the skink really has no other ways to defend itself.

The Blue-tongued Skink is one of many animals on display at the Rainforest Pyramid at Moody Gardens.  There are many other attractions including the Aquarium Pyramid, Sponge Bob Subpants 4D movie, 3D movies, Palm Beach, zip line, and much more.