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Pink Tongue Skinks



SIZE & LIFESPAN

Pink-tongued skinks are a medium-sized skink, only reaching about 17” in total length. Out of that 17” of their body, the majority consists of their tail. Captive-bred species have been known to live up to 20 years in captivity!

DIET

In the wild, pink-tongued skinks love a diet consisting of snails and slugs, but in captivity, there diet can be altered. We do feed our skinks snails, but only when we can get our hands on them. We maily feed our Pink tongue skinks Wellness Canned Cat Food. We also feed our skinks earthworms, waxworms, crickets, roaches, mealworms, high-quality grain-free dog food, minced beef, and Repashy Bluey Buffet. A varied diet is the key to a healthy happy skink. We use cat food as our base and then add mealworms, earthworms, and greens to the mix. We add the Sticky Tongue Mineral-All every other feeding to help supplement their diet.

WATER & HUMIDITY

Pink-tongued skinks come from subtropical forests, so they require elevated humidity levels. We try to keep our habitats between 70-80%. We mist our skinks twice daily to keep the humidity high in the tank. We also provide out skinks with a shallow water dish full of de-chlorinated tap water or purified water. We change out the water daily for sanitary reasons.

HOUSING

Because Pink-tongued skinks are semi-arboreal. You want a tall and long tank. We recommend getting a 29 gallon tank for an adult pink-tongued skink. This will give them enough height for climbing as well as enough floor space to roam around on the ground.

BEDDING/DECOR

Because these lizards are semi-arboreal, you want to provide climbing space. We provide large branches and thick pieces of bark for climbing. We also cover the tank in foliage. On the side of the tank, we use suction cupped plants. Then to increase humidity, we use live pothos on the ground floor to provide ground cover. We use a mixture of Coconut Husk and Sphagnum Moss to help with humidity and provide a loose, but safe substrate for the skink to burrow in. The bedding should be between 4-5 inches deep to help keep the humidity up in the tank.

LIGHTING & HEAT

Pink-tongued skinks like their tanks cooler in temperature. During the day, their tank should be around 75 degrees at the cool end and 80 degrees at the warm end. There should be a branch just under the heat lamp so that the skink can bask if needed. The tank can drop down into the low 70's at night, but should not drop below 70. We like using the Zoomed Day Blue bulbs because they provide UVA light. UVA lighting helps stimulate appetite and helps provide a natural environment. Pink-tongued skinks are active during the day as well as the night depending on the temperatures which means they need supplemental lighting. We believe providing a source of UVB will help insure they are absorbing the correct amount of D3. We recommend using Arcadia 6% T5 lights on their enclosures. 

HANDLING/TEMPERAMENT

Pink-tongue skinks have awesome temperament. They are an incredibly smart reptile that will learn that you aren't there to hurt them and will readily accept food from your hands. When you first get your pink- tongue skink, you want to make sure it has time to settle in to its new habitat. To get the skink used to you, hand feed them snails. They will associate your scent with food and start to enjoy your company!

SUPPLY LIST:

☐ 10 gallon tank min., a 29 gallon tall if preferred

☐ Ceramic feeding dish

☐ High-quality Grain-free dog food

☐ Mealworms, Waxworms, and Butterworms

☐ Snails or slugs

☐ Moist Hide

☐ Mister Bottle or Spray Bottle

☐ Leaf Foliage

☐ Live Plants (Pothos or Ficus)

☐ 4-6” of potting soil bedding or eco earth

☐ UVB 5.0 strip light for tropical species

☐ ZooMed Day Blue UVA Heat Light (50W)