Easiest pet lizards
Why own a blue tongue skink?
Ø Blue tongue skinks (BTs) may be the easiest of all lizards to keep.
Ø They are great pets for reptile enthusiasts of all levels.
Ø They have tons of personality and great dispositions.
Ø BTs have simple caging requirements and uncomplicated diets.
Ø Live food is not required, so there is no need to run to the pet store and buy crickets.
Ø They are very curious, which is a mark of intelligence.
Ø They are extremely hardy and docile.
Ø BTs have a life expectancy of 15-20+ years.
Ø BTs are often listed as one of the top five reptile choices for children and beginners.
Ø Many reptiles don’t like to be handled, some tolerate it, but BTs seem to enjoy the attention.
Ø They will consistently reward and surprise their keepers with their friendly and curious personalities.
Ø They are the ultimate pet lizard!
Blue Tongue Skink Care Sheet
Care sheet for the Northern blue tongue skink (Tiliqua scincoides intermedia).
This care sheet applies specifically to the Northern blue tongue skink but most species and sub-species
of blue tongue skinks can be kept using these guidelines.
Blue Tongue Skink Introduction
Northern blue tongue skinks inhabit the woodlands and grasslands of northern Australia. Blue tongue skinks are ideal for beginners with loads of personality and great dispositions. They are also an excellent choice for advanced hobbyists as breeding them can be challenging and certain species and localities are extremely rare.
Blue tongue skink Availability
Northern blue tongue skinks are available seasonally in the pet industry. Other species, including Indonesian blue tongue skinks (Tiliqua gigas gigas), are more readily available, but Northern blue tongue 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 toes absent of unshed skin and observe the overall health of the lizard.
Northern blue tongue skinks range in price from $150-$250 for babies and adults. High colored or rare examples may be more. Rare blue tongue skinks such as Centralians and Shinglebacks will cost $1500-$5000 each.
Blue tongue skink Size
Northern blue tongue skink adults usually range 18-24 inches in total length and are the largest of the blue tongue skinks.
Blue tongue skink Life Span
Kept properly, blue tongue skinks will easily live 15 to 20+ years.
Blue tongue skink Housing
Baby blue tongues should be housed in specialty plastic cages, terrariums or 10-20 gallon glass tanks with full screen tops. Babies should always be kept separately. Adult blue tongue skinks require an enclosure at least 36”L x 18”W x 10”H with a full screen top. Blue tongues are terrestrial and prefer floor space over climbing area. Larger enclosures will be appreciated. Blue tongue skinks are best kept separately. You may be able to house females together, or a male and female pair, but observe any cage mates very closely. If they fight, then keep them in separate cages. Males should never be kept together.
Blue tongue skink Lighting and Temperature
Reptiles control their body temperature through thermoregulation. Every cage should have a warm side and a cool side. This is very important! Place all heating and lighting at one end of the cage (far left or far right). If your reptile gets too warm, he will move to the cool side. If he is too cool, he will move to the warm side. This is a simple definition...