Blue tongue skink care

Keep your blue tongued skink in a nice cage, about 40 gallons in volume for an adult. A juvenile can go with something a bit smaller. Give them a lot of branches and rock to climb on, but also a moist substrate area. A LOT of fluorescent light should be on them, but don’t let them get hot. Skinks do not like heat. Another thing to not put near them is cedar chips or pine ones, which can give them respiratory problems.

Adults are about seven inches to two feet long.

They’re omnivores, like humans, and will eat literally everything that goes with that concept. Some people have even been known to give their skink cat food with banana! However, be sure to NOT give your skink frozen vegetables. Due to their packaging, these will remove thiamin from the skink’s system. That ultimately will cause thiamin deficiency. But they can eat small mice, crickets, and salad is never turned down. Blue tongue skinks also have somewhat of a sweet tooth, and will eat small fruits like berries and cherries.

Give them water. Lots of water. It needs to be big enough so they can sit in it when they want, and bathe. However, you do need to check the dish because they’ll also sometimes use it for a toilet.

The blue-tongued skink is one of the most curious lizards you’ll ever have. They’ll go everywhere, exploring everything, like a kitten would. Juveniles, though, will hide a lot by instinct, and hiss if you come near. They’ll grow out of it eventually. Be careful of their bite, though; skinks might have no teeth but they habitually just hang on when they bite a person, and that will hurt a lot.

Shedding varies by age. In general, blue tongues shed more when younger. It tapers when they get older, and adults shed their skin every six weeks or so.

Metabolic Bone Disease is the worst health problem these guys will have, and it can be as easily prevented as in humans. Give them lots of fruits and vegetables, sometimes calcium suplements, and there shouldn’t be a problem.

Blue tongue skinks give birth to live young instead of eggs. This makes them unusual in the reptile world. They have to only have a couple of young at a time, due to that. Breeding them to get those young is difficult, though, because it’s hard to tell the sex of a skink. (The best way is to watch for sperm in the urine).

Some people call blue tongue skinks “The Cadillac of the Lizard World”. They really are that easy to care for, and they’re very popular because of that. An interesting fact, though, is that there’s no real authority, no Bible of the Blue Tongue. But hopefully I’ve been helpful. Your blue tongue skink should live for 20 years, at least, if you are good to it. /

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