Keeping Pink & Blue Tongued Skinks


These skinks are native to Australia and are very rewarding pets for the nature-lover.

Quick Tips:

Eastern Blue-Tongued Skink

  • Pink and Blue-Tongued Skinks can live for 10 – 15 years.
  • They require heating and ultraviolet lighting.
  • A varied diet is recommended.
  • Both species are native to the east coast of Australia, with Pink-Tongued Skinks inhabiting warmer regions than their Blue-Tongued cousins.
  • Pink-Tongued Skinks can grow up to 40cm, with Blue-Tongued Skinks growing to around 45cm.

 

Adopting a Pet Skink

Species you can find at Pet City are Eastern Blue-Tounged Skink and Pink-Tounged Skink, please call us for more information!

 

Enclosures:

On average, Blue-Tongued Skinks grow faster than Pink-Tongues so they will require a larger enclosure sooner. You can start off with a 3’ or 4’ (90 – 120cm) enclosure; this should last for the animal’s life but of course, the more space you can give them the better off they are.

Skinks do not need as much climbing room as dragons although they will enjoy having rocks and lower branches on the ground to provide cover and stimulation. It is important to provide areas for your skink to hide in, 2 or 3 usually suffice.

 

Heating and Lighting:

A basking spot between 30 – 32°C is necessary for these skinks. If you notice that your animal is not eating much, try increasing the basking spot

temperature to 33 – 34°C.

Ultraviolet lighting is essential for a healthy animal. A 5% UV bulb is recommended, as long as the skink can get within 6” (15 – 20cm) of the bulb itself.

 

Handling:

Skinks can become tame with time; the best way to tame your new best friend is to slowly introduce them to handling. Start by holding them for a couple of minutes every few days; the best way is to gently slide your hand underneath them and then pick them up.

Do not approach your skink from above and do not pick them up by the tail: this is what predators in the wild do and it will cause stress for your skink.

 

Feeding

Blue-Tongued Skinks will eat just about everything. Young animals should be fed higher amounts of protein and as they slow their growth you can begin to feed more fruit and vegetables.

Bok Choi, Squash, Tomato, Carrot, Dandelion flowers, Clover flowers, Apple, Beans, Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Peas, Corn, Celery, Strawberries, Blueberries, Cooked egg, Meal worms, Pinkie mice, Crickets, Woodies, Earthworms and Snails are all acceptable food items. Things like Mealworms and Pinkie Mice should be fed as a treat, once every couple of weeks or so.

 

Pink-Tongued Skinks are generally finicky eaters than Blue-Tongues. Try to get them to eat as wide a variety of food items from that list as possible, with a particular emphasis on slugs and snails (they will probably eat these more so than anything else). Pink tongues will rarely eat crickets and woodies.

Supplement live food items with calcium powder as this will help to guard against metabolic bone disease. Products such as CalStron are particularly good. Ask the friendly Reptile Team for more information regarding this.

 

Breeding:

These two species of skinks are livebearers: they do not lay eggs but instead birth live young. Blue-Tongued Skinks average litters of up to 12 young, whereas Pink-Tongued Skinks average up to 15.

Sexing skinks can be difficult /NOT SEXING SKINKS CAN BE FRUSTRATING.