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Care Sheet for Skinks

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 4.08    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 05/01/2004

Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Skinks

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Red-skink

Years Experience:

3 to 5 Years

Species:

Red sided skink

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

true fire skink

Sexing and Characteristics:

Males have stright sides and bulcky heads.Females have a more curved boby and are more docile.

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

Large bark chippings or news paper should always be used rather than calcium sand or wood shavings which may cause gut impaction which could seriously harm or even kill your pet lizard.

Lighting and UVB:

Ultra violet lghting should be provided 12 hours a day to maitian your skinks good health. There should be a 70 watt bulb at one end of of the tank to provide a suitable basking area for your skink.

Temperatures and Humidity:

Temperature should rang from 90-100 degrees for basking at one end of the tank and 75-85 degrees at the other end of the tank to provide a cooling down period for your skink.

Heating and Equipment:

A 70 watt heat bulb and uv light should be provided 12 hours a day. There should be a heat mat covering half the surface of the tank at night times to provide heat for your lizard.

Caging Provided:

A 20-30 gallon would be the mininum size for one of these lizards, but the larger the better. There should be some non-toxic plants and plenty of hides in the tank to help your lizard feel secure.

Diet:

Omnivorous

Description of Diet:

These skinks will gladly eat anything that walks. It is best to provide then with a mixed diet of crickets, meal worms and the occasional wax worm as a treat. It is reccomended that you try feed your skinks some plant matter mix inn with a low fat cat or dog food to provide vitamins for there skin.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Calcium and vitamin suplements sould be dusted on food evey other day, or just follow the directions on the back.

Maintenance:

To get the best out of these skinks, they should be cleaned every other day and fed 3-4 times a week. If you want to tame these lizards down frequent gentel handling will do the trick. If you other a wax worm as a treat every time you handle your lizard they will soon tame down.

Some Words on this Species:

This lizard is a lovely docile lizard when tame with frequent handling. These skinks can get to around 12 inches when fully grown and can be quite affectionate with there owner. They are very fast lizards and can easily escape when handleing but with gental handling in its enclousure before hand will get these lizards to sit still. Female lizards are the best to handle because they are slightly more docile.
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