Blue Tongue Skink - I want one of these as a pet so badly ♡

Keeping Skink as Pets - Dog Breed Info Center
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Equally important to providing a proper subterranean environment for your skink is what will go on top of the substrate. Many new keepers mistakenly believe a simple hide is enough, which has led to the misconception that fire skinks remain burrowed for most of their lives. The larger the enclosure, and the more décor it contains, the more comfortable and active your skink will be and the more it will be seen. In addition to a good hide, which can be a simple rounded log or any of the commercially available naturalistic hides available at pet stores, provide branches and plants.
Can I keep wild skink as pet?
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Commonly found in the wild throughout Georgia and South Carolina, five-lined skinks are also popular household pets. These reptiles are moderately large in size, growing to between 5 and 8 inches, but they can be comfortably kept in a home terrarium. In order to keep a five-lined skink happy and healthy in captivity there are certain needs that must be met. Before you purchase a skink to keep as a pet, learn as much as you can about them to determine how to create a suitable living environment. Blue-tongued skinks are popular as pets. Here is some of the basic information to take care of this reptile:
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In this article we will address the basic needs and requirements to successfully keep and breed pet Blue Tongue Skinks. The primary areas that will address here are: Our available skinks for sale are listed below. These are the smoothest-scaled lizards in the world, and they often become some of the most tame (especially the Blue-tongue species). Very uniquely built, some with huge skulls, skinks are a crowd-pleaser. If you buy a skink, be aware that they are hardy reptile pets that generally have long lifespans.

Today virtually all Blue Tongue Skinks available in pet shops, online, and else where were born and bred in captivity. In many cases they are literally dozens of generations in captivity, some could begin to argue that this little lizard is becoming domesticated! Exotic Pets - Blue-Tongue Skink - as part of the series on pets and animals by GeoBeats.

What we have here are Blue-Tongued Skinks. They come from Australia, New Guinea area. I have got the sizes here to show you. This is a baby. This is an adult. This is pretty much as big as they get. When you start out handling these, they do not mind being held, but they prefer to be looked at more than held. The size of the tank that you get for them, you always want to start out with, like I said, the largest tank you can get so that you do not have to keep switching sizes for them. You can start out with a 20 with a small guy like this, but you need to go bigger as they get large. There are plenty of different color variations of these guys that you can get and they are called Blue-Tongue Skinks because their tongue is blue, and in nature bright colors usually mean 'I am poisonous,' or 'I will make you really sick. Do not bother me.'

So whenever they are threatened or attacked, one of the first things they do besides try to crawl away is they start flashing that blue tongue, and when they flash that tongue, they are hoping that the predator that is trying to eat them, knows that bright colors 'I picked something up like that before and it did not taste good or it made me sick,' and they leave them alone, but they will flip that tongue more and more, the more threatened they feel, to ward off a predator. They also have very good personalities. I could stand here all day and hold both these guys, and they are just going to hang out. Northern blue-tongued skinks are available seasonally, with most litters dropped June through August. Other species, including Indonesian blue-tongued skinks (Tiliqua gigas gigas), are more readily available and often imported, but Northern blue-tongued skinks are hardier and make better pets. Be sure to choose reptiles from a reputable source and look for active lizards with bright, open eyes. Check for open ear canals, clean toes with no sign of retained shed skin, and observe the overall appearance of the lizard for signs of health. Northern blue-tongued skinks range in price from $150 for babies to $250 for adults. High-colored or rarer forms may cost more. Rare blue-tongued skinks such as centralians and shinglebacks may cost between $1,500 and $5,000 each.Blue-tongues are by far the most popular pet skink which can be hardy captives if they are captive-bred. Many captive-bred pet blue-tongue skinks will become quite friendly and beg to come out when they spot their main care-giver. Captive-bred blue-tongue skinks can be much easier to raise than bearded dragons. Blue-tongue skinks are more tolerant of lower temperatures and have lower ultraviolet-B requirements. They do not require live food and do well on a diet of green leafy produce mixed with fruits, legumes and other vegetables, and an animal protein source. Blue-tongue skinks are very tolerant of handling and become quite tractable as they get larger and eventually become “lap lizards” with regular gentle handling. Blue-tongue skinks are much longer-lived than bearded dragons, often reaching their teens and twenties.