Skinks are ground dwellers with a flattened, elongated body (somewhat resembles a snake in appearance). They are quite docile and gentle, and easily tamed and handled. Getting started, you will need a large enclosure such as a 40-55 gallon tank. Being ground dwellers they don't need branches for climbing, but still need a secure lid. Their substrate should be aspen wood shavings, cypress mulch, or even newspaper. Make sure they are not ingesting wood substrates. Temperature should gradient from 75-85 F (24-29 C) with a basking spot of 95 F (35 C). A combination of
under tank heating and a basking light on one side of the tank works well. Make sure the appropriate temperature gradient is provided by measuring temperatures in various spots around the tank. Night temperature can drop to about 70 F (21 C).
Maturity Size: 20"
Average Lifespan: 10-20 years
Experience Level: Beginner
Activity: Active during daytime.
Eating Characteristics: Pillbugs, crane flies, crickets, centipedes, moths (Some larger skinks like moths. Keep them in a sealed jar for half an hour and they stop flying and become delirious and will normally wander right into your skink's hiding spot and get snatched up, which is actually quite fun to watch.), and some vegetables
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