Do you need to Tame Your Blue tongue skink?
After you bring your new companion home, you will need to tame your blue tongue skink and bond with it. Sometimes it happens that your blue tongue skink is not new in your home and still needs taming. In this post, you will learn tips and tricks on taming your blue tongue skink and how to bond with your blue tongue skink.
How did the blue tongue skink get its name?
Aptly named the ‘blue-tongued’ skink due to its brightly coloured blue tongue, which is splayed in a wide hissing gape as a defence mechanism, the usually calm lizard rarely portrays this colourful display in captivity, generally more inclined to hiss as a sign of discomfort.
When to talk to a blue tongue sink?
After a 5-7 days or so, start approaching and sitting near the tank more often. This way, your blue tongue sink will know that you are not a threat. Even if your blue tongue skink hides, it will still feel your presence. You can even ‘talk’ to your blue tongue skink – sit near the tank and read a book, or speak to it calmly.
How big is a blue tongued skink lizard?
The Blue-Tongued Skink is a lizard that you may find sunning itself on the sands of Australia and possibly even using its bright blue tongue to scare away predators. Native to the deserts of Australia, New Guinea, and Tasmania, these reptiles typically measure over 12″ long.
Do blue tongue skinks really need UVB?
Blue tongue skinks bask a lot in the wild, and need UVB light spectrum to produce vitamin D3 in their skin. Vitamin D3 is crucial for absorption of calcium, so without it, your skink will become deficient and sick. Your blue tongue skink will need a high output 10-12% UVB tube light.
Why does your blue tongue skink not eat?
Internal stress factors (illnesses or infections) can make your blue tongue skink refuse to eat. One of the reasons that can lead to poor appetite is an internal parasitic infection. Other reasons can include vitamin or mineral deficiencies, Metabolic bone disease, intestinal infections and more.
What do blue tongued skinks eat and how often?
As pets, blue tongue skinks can enjoy a big variety of foods, such as live bugs, meat, veggies, greens, dog or cat food, fruits and plants. How often do blue tongue skinks need to eat? Baby blue tongue skinks of under 5 months old will need to eat every day with one day a week fasting (6 days a week), 5-10 month olds – feed 2-3 times a week .
What size tank to use for a blue tongue skink?
The best size for an adult blue tongue skink is 55 gallons and above. However, for baby blue tongue skink, you can start with a 40-gallon tank. Again, you should always keep in mind that blue tongue skinks are antisocial animals. Thus, you should only house them individually.