Blue Tongue Skink Care Sheet Blue tongue skinks are a group of diurnal, earthbound lizards located throughout Australia and parts of Indonesia. They can be easily recognized by their triangular head, hefty torpedo-shaped body, short legs, as well as distinct blue tongue. Blue tongue skinks are omnivorous, which means that they require to eat both plants and also insects to receive the nourishment that they need. Depending on the variety, blue tongue skinks usually sizes are between 15" -24" long, with an ordinary life-span of 15-20 years in captivity. Blue tongue skinks are rapidly becoming popular reptile animals because of their basic hardiness as well as vivid personalities. Most of them that we handle are very tame and docile. This treatment sheet will certainly attend to one of the most typical blue tongue skink types kept in the Usa: Northern Timeless Indonesian Halmahera Indonesian Merauke Indonesian Irian Jaya Shopping List. 4' x2' x2' PVC Panel Reptile Enclosure or terrarium depending on preference. 5" dome warm light with a ceramic bulb or heat bulb whatever you prefer. high-wattage PAR38 halogen flooding light bulb, white light. plug-in lamp dimmer and timer so you can keep them on a schedule. electronic thermostat and hygrometer with probes. zoo med makes a control unit that works great for this. 22-24" T5 HO desert UVB bulb and fixture. light timer. pressurized spray container. substrate (bedding). sphagnum moss. basking surface caverns x2 decorations (logs, cork, and plants for example shallow food dish. big shallow water dish. calcium supplement without vitamin D3. multivitamin supplement. soft-tipped feeding tweezers. Terrarium Size. Leading specialists suggest maintaining blue tongue skinks in no smaller sized than a one hundred twenty-gallon (48" x24" x24") unit. Due to the fact that these reptiles are relatively large and also can be quite active, really the bigger the better for them to move around. We suggest a front opening enclosure but not necessary Do not house more than one blue tongue skink per unit. Blue tongue skinks can be extremely territorial, as well as may fight and also drastically hurt one another if constrained to the same area or terrarium/ enclosure. Lighting, Temperatures & Moisture. Illumination. Blue tongue skinks are diurnal, which indicates that they are most energetic throughout the day. And also as reptiles, they need UVB lights to promote optimal wellness and also health. The Zoo Medication ReptiSun 10.0 T5 HO or Arcadia Desert 12% are top quality UVB bulbs which gives the correct amount of UVB for blue tongue skinks housed in 24" high units. These bulbs need to be changed yearly to be effective. For finest results, install the light bulb in a reflective component like the Zoo Med Reptisun T5 HO Terrarium Hood. Light bulb and component ought to extend 1/2 of the room's length and be installed on the exact same side as the warm light. Mesh blocks UVB, so ensure to install the component on the bottom of the mesh. When it comes to UVB, brand issues as in live you get what you pay for. Do not skimp out on UVB, or your family pet is most likely to experience serious issues. Temperatures. Unlike human beings, blue tongue skinks as well as various other reptiles are cold-blooded, which indicates that they need external heat for their bodies to work properly. In the wild, reptiles get their heat from the sunlight, so your blue tongue skink will require a heat source that mimics the sun. They also need a variety of temperature levels within their room that will certainly enable them to heat up as well as cool as required. Zoo Med environmental control unit can make your live and your skinks lives better by monitoring this for you. Basking surface:. Northerns-- 105-115 ° F. Others-- 100-105 ° F. Cool side: 70-80 ° F. Nighttime: No lower than 65 ° F. To develop a basking area for your blue tongue skink, utilize a use-wattage halogen flooding light bulb as opposed to a dome heat lame with a ceramic light bulb outlet. You can obtain heat light bulbs from a pet dog store or a hardware store, yet ideally it needs to be a white or clear PAR38 halogen flood. The average 48" x 24" x24" blue tongue skink unit will need a 100-150w warmth light bulb to attain the basking temperature levels you require. It's also highly advisable to connect the warmth lamp into a lamp dimmer so you can turn down the warm as required. To produce the very best basking location possible for your Blue tongue, use a huge, level rock (ex lover: paver rock, natural flagstone, slate ceramic tile) as the basking surface. This takes in heat from the lamp as well as warms up the reptile from listed below in addition to above. To gauge the temperatures inside your blue tongue skink's room, you will need a digital probe thermometer and/or an infrared temperature gun. Area the probe for the thermometer directly under the heat lamp to read basking temperatures. Do not obtain an economical stick-on thermostat-- these aren't very accurate as well as are usually a waste of money. Moisture. All life in the world depends on water. In addition to eating/drinking resources of water, the amount of water airborne also matters. Blue tongue skinks need details degrees of humidity in their setting for good health:. Northern-- 40-60%. Timeless Indonesian-- 60-80%. Halmahera Indonesian-- 80-100%. Merauke Indonesian-- 60-80%. Irian Jaya-- 60-80%. Among the most convenient methods to boost as well as maintain moisture is by utilizing a pressurized spray container as required or fogger unit. Humidity will naturally be greater on the trendy side of the enclosure than on the warm side, so location the humidity probe for your digital thermometer + hygrometer device on the cool side of the enclosure. This will certainly a lot more accurately track the humidity levels in your skink's habitat. Substrate. Blue tongue's are burrowing lizards, so they need 4-6 inches of deep, soft substrate in their unit. They also require a substrate that can retain moisture well, which plays a substantial function in preserving healthy moisture degrees. Right here are some prominent options:. coconut husk. cypress compost. reptile dirt. 80/20 topsoil/play sand mix. Ground cover and also dampened zoo med sphagnum moss are fantastic products to layer in addition to your substrate to motivate better humidity retention. Feeding Your Blue Tongue Skink. Blue tongue skinks are omnivorous, which indicates that they need both plant and also animal matter in their diet. However the precise ratios for each and every sort of food change as they grow:. Animal-based foods--. 70-80% for <2 years old. 50-60% for >2 years old. Plant-based foods--. 20-30% for <2 years old. 40-50% for >2 years of ages. Just how much should a blue tongue skink eat? Feed infants (approximately 3 months) daily. Feed juveniles (3-8 months) 3 times once a week. Feed adults (8+ months) 1-2 times weekly. One part ought to be about the very same dimension as the skink's head. The trick to success with blue tongue skinks (and most reptiles, for that matter) is to feed them as large a variety of foods as possible. The listed below options are just a little sample list. Animals. Meat. eggs. small rodents, live or pre-killed. Insects. crickets. roaches. snails (not wild). silkworms. earthworms. Hard-bodied feeder bugs need to be no larger than the room between your skink's eyes. All feeder insects should be lightly cleaned with a calcium supplement before feeding. Plants. collard environment-friendlies. dandelion environment-friendlies. carrot greens. turnip eco-friendlies. shredded squash. bell pepper. shredded carrot. Non-citrus fruits canister likewise be provided, however due to their high sugar material it's ideal to utilize these as deals with only. Calcium & Vitamins. To ensure that your skink is obtaining all the minerals and vitamins they need, you will certainly require both calcium powder and also multivitamin powder. Neither supplement should consist of vitamin D. Dust calcium on all feeder insects, as well as spray multivitamin on the skink's food 1-2x/ month. Water. Blue tongue skinks require prepared access to clean alcohol consumption water in their enclosure. Select a bowl that is hugely sufficient for the skink to soak in as preferred, yet insuring it is shallow enougyh to avoid drowning. Clean and decontaminate the bowl whenever it obtains dirtied. Taking care of Tips. When you first bring your new blue tongue skink home, withstand the lure to quickly begin cuddling it. You're significant compared to a skink, and they need time obtain being around you along with their new home. Let your skink resolve in for at least 2 weeks before you begin taking care of. Once your skinks are consuming routinely as well as appears fairly certain in their new home, you can present yourself. Let them get comfortable with your scent/presence by putting an old, secondhand shirt in the terrarium. Let your hand rest in the terrarium and also allow the skink to acquaint itself with your hand. Once your skink has actually quit escaping from your hand and also seems tranquil in your existence, you can begin holding them; However, just because you have actually reached this step does not imply your skink depends on you. Depend on and friendship (as for it goes for reptiles) requires time and also short everyday handling sessions and engagements. Taking care of Techniques. Support the whole body. Avoid moving quickly. Do not grab or forcibly restrain unless definitely necessary. Do not return the skink to its enclosure till it is calm in your hands.