My name is Mariah Healey, reptile husbandry specialist and consultant. Do I need to read about the blue tongue skinks before I own them as pets? Just having a water bowl will help your blue tongue soak and hydrate. They can be provided UV ideally either 10-12% and either T8 or T5 however T5 is far more efficient, modern UV equipment being able to fully simulate wild UV index’ when set up correctly. The rest is explained here. Do we need a citation? They should be provided with constant access to fresh clean water via a bow or large tub of the owner’s choice which is changes daily and when soiled in, which they may often do. Broad, blunt triangular head typical of skinks. Westerns grow up to 20″ (50 cm) long. Some breeders consider owning this morph a treasure because it’s really hard to come by. Humidity is another very important aspect of a blue tongue skink’s enclosure. You can still use filtered aspen wood shavings (good for blue tongues), and raise humidity in other way if required. And also from the patterning. Northerns are the most popular blue tongue skink species, having become very tame through generations of captive breeding. According to a study by Professor Michael Bull, these skinks can survive in the wild for up to 50 years. Increasing humidity is preferred during the evening/night for few hours, and letting the tank dry during the day. Few of the methods to increase humidity in a cage are: With blue tongue species that need higher humidity, please choose filtered aspen wood shavings or coco fiber. Don’t place it on a cool side (too cold to help evaporate), or hot side (too much water will evaporate and water will get hot). Reptile health information given on this site is not intended to act as or replace the advice of a certified veterinary professional. These are appropriate for use on top of or inside 18-24″ tall enclosures, and should be long enough to span half of the enclosure’s total length . Eastern skinks are another subspecies of Australia’s most common blue tongue skinks. They will shed more often when younger as they will grow quickly. While there’s most probably won’t be a need to use a dehumidifier, it’s still an option. Should an animal be found with severe shedding issues, then an exotic vet should be seen to determine the next step. MBD – Metabolic Bone Disease is where the animal’s body either does not have enough calcium or vitamin D3, or both! Centralian blueys grow about 15-18 inches long, with a short tail, stout body, and large head. 6/28/17 - Duration: 14:05. Your blue tongue skink will need a high output 10-12% UVB tube light. Should there be retained shed, up humidity and monitor it for a few days, if it still remains, attempt to use a wet cotton bud to dislodge the scales. A height of meters 0.6 (2 feet) or even more is great, and can be even higher as they are well known to climb and bask at a medium height on thick branches or other decor when provided the chance to, despite being often listed as semi-fossorial. In this regard, I would recommend investing in “Blue Tongue Skinks-From the Experts at Advanced Vivarium Systems” by David C. Wareham for a good start. T- negative Albino (tyrosinase negative albino) –. What substrate is that? If your blue tongue is not a fan of soaking, you can also use a smaller water dish, or at least move it away from the hot spot. If your pet reptile is experiencing a medical emergency, contact an experienced reptile veterinarian immediately. Some blue tongue skink species or subspecies are vulnerable or even endangered in the wild, so you should avoid keeping them as pets. Take, for instance, an Iran Jaya and a Meruake or a Northern and a Shingleback? They do not shed in one piece as snakes do, doing so in patches and sections, rubbing against décor. Before going further, let’s get acquainted with some of the terms of variation as will be used throughout this article. Thank you! Whole egg and egg yolk is also a fantastic protein source which can be provided raw, boiled and scrambled (only the egg!). Mutations do occur naturally in the wild, but so many of the morphs around us are bred in captivity. Deep, berry blue tongue vividly offset against the deep pink interior of mouth. Ecto and endoparasites – Ectoparasites are external and involve mites and ticks. Postby Tokkay » Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:06 am, Postby xxmonitorlizardxx » Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:05 pm, Postby Janella » Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:14 pm, Postby splashy07 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:46 am, Postby ReptiFiles » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:29 am, Postby Janella » Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:59 pm, Postby Janella » Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:18 pm, Postby ReptiFiles » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:54 am, Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests. Most subspecies of blue tongue skink have a blue or bluish tongue. Due to its large body size with relatively short legs, the skink is not very agile. Affectionately referred to as “garbage disposals” by some keepers, they are enthusiastic eaters with a taste for just about anything — insects, slugs/snails, roadkill, small animals, fruits, flowers, etc. Hamalera can be a a little bit more temperamental as far as I have read and been told. They are large skinks and can grow to a length of 20 to 50 cm. We try our best to keep up, but sometimes things slip through the cracks. Thanks so much everyone! If your blue tongue skink is not very big, you can get an extra large reptile water dish like this. The easily forgotten fact that those skinks are hybrids will probably also not be retained, and they will be sold as a Blotched, or an Eastern, or any other commonly known skink, when in fact they are mixed. If you have found something that is out of date or information that needs citing, please contact us at email@example.com so we can fix it. Halmahera Blue Tongue Skink (Tiliqua Gigas Gigas), 4.) This morph looks just like the black-eyed leucistic ball python. Tanimbars are known for their extremely hard and glossy scales, with a feisty temperament to boot (although captive-bred individuals are said to be much more tolerant of humans). White Northerns for example, have a faint patterning when they’re babies but will darken up as they grow. Unboxing baby Irian Jaya blue tongue skink (Tiliqua sp.)!! I have worked directly with a variety of species since 2014, and ReptiFiles is where I share my research with you. One of the ways to distinguish Halmahera from Merauke skink is by looking at the belly. It is a good practice to note when sheds occur, and then check that the shed has fully come off, checking the toes, legs, head and tail for retained shed. Example: “ReptiFiles.com is the best place to learn about correct reptile husbandry.”. Do you have a large water bowl to add in the enclosure?