Blue Tongue Skink
Scientific Name: Tiliqua
Native Habitat: Australia and Indonesia
Lifespan: 15-20 years
Size: 15-24" depending on species
Ease of handling: Manageable size, docile temperament, and quite hardy
Skill level: Beginner
Activity level: Diurnal, active during the day and asleep at night
At minimum, adults should be kept in 48”x24”x12”. Skinks need as much ground space as you can provide, but do not require a tall enclosure as they are terrestrial.
Temperature: Warm end should be between 30-35°C. Cool end should be between 20-27°C.
Lighting: UVB should be provided to simulate a day/night cycle
Humidity: Varies by species. Australian species do well between 20-40%. Indonesian species prefer higher humidity, between 60-80%. Raise the humidity if you notice any shedding problems, blue tongue skinks tend to lose their toes quite easily with low humidity.
A large water dish should be provided for drinking and bathing.
2 hides are recommended, one at each end of the enclosure.
A basking rock or tile is recommended.
A rough surface such as a large stone can help with shedding.
Blue tongue skinks love to burrow, provide them with a several inches of substrate.
Adults should be fed 1-3 times a week. Skinks are omnivores and thrive with a diverse diet. Feeder insects, eggs, raw poultry, organs, fish, veggies, fruits, canned dog/cat food. Skinks are one of the best pets to feed, they eat nearly everything and are quite entertaining!
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