Swell Superstore Pink Tongue Skink

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The Pink Tongue Skink is endemic to Australia where although they inhabit dry, arid grasslands, most of their time in spent in humid burrows. The species get their name from their pink tongue, similar in fact to their cousins the blue tongue skinks. They are grey to brown in colour with dark grey or black cross bands. These bands are more pronounced in males and less so in females. Though they can be a little skittish when young, these skinks are often tame easily and can be handled.

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Pink tongue skinks can be an excellent addition to any home, they are a medium sized lizard so a minimum of a 4 x 2 x 2ft enclosure is recommended. They are highly intelligent so extensive use of vivarium decor such as branches, logs, rocks and foliage should be used, and changed around every now and then.

Your Pink tongue skink will require a basking temperature similar most commonly kept reptiles. Between 33-35C should be the hottest area of the enclosure, this will require a good quality heating system such as a basking bulb or ceramic fixture, and will need attaching to the relevant thermostat - not all thermostats will reach such a temperature so its important that you check this before purchase - a good example is Microclimates Evo Lite. The cooler end of the enclosure can be between 20-25C and all temperatures can be reduced at night to 20C - which will provide a night time drop naturally experienced in the wild habitat. Temperatures should always be measured using an accurate digital thermometer. It is also essential to provide good quality UVB to enable the Skink to absorb and utilise key nutrients. A good example of a bulb to use would be Arcadias 6% T5 unit (the strength of the bulb would depend on the height of the enclosure). Any UV bulb used will also have a lifespan between 6 - 12 months (this will depend of brand), after which the UV will fade and no longer be benefiting the animal, so it is vital to change them. UV bulbs will be used in a 12 hour cycle, being switched off as the temperature drops into the night period.

Pink Tongue skinks will require a relatively high amount of humidity in their environment. With higher temperatures, this can be a struggle, but regular spraying should be sufficient to keep it within the desired range of 60-70%. Humidity can be measured with an accurate digital hygrometer. Spraying will also ensure that the substrate doesn't become too loose to dig and burrow in, an important behaviour for the pink tongue. Saying this, we still want to create an appropriate environment so substrates that are soil based or soil mixes are best such as Arcadias earthmix or ProReps Bio Life forest- similar quality should be considered in any alternatives. A water dish should also be provided towards the cooler end of the vivarium, ensuring sufficient opportunity for hydration and bathing - this will need to be kept clean with a reptile safe disinfectant.

Pink Tongue Skinks are a Insectivorous species and would naturally have a limited diet almost solely surviving on snails. This can be easily replicated in captivity as snails are readily available in the hobby.

Swell SuperStore Pink Tongue Skink:

  • Current Age/Size - 5 - 6 inches
  • Adult Expected Size - 12-15 inches
  • Habitat - Arid grasslands in humid burrows of Australia. Terrestrial living.
  • Required Enclosure Size - 4 x 2 x 2ft
  • UV Lighting - 3 - 4 UVI (T5 6% - enclosure height dependent)
  • Expected Lifespan - 15-20 years
  • Temperature Gradient - 25 - 35C
  • Humidity Levels - 60 - 70%
  • Feeding - Insectivore- Feeds almost solely on snails
  • Handling - Can be skittish when young but usually docile, easily tamed and easily handled.

If you like the look of these animals, and would like any further information, please call the shop directly on 0161 351 4705, or contact them for more images or information at shop@swelluk.com.

PLEASE NOTE - If you are looking to purchase a particular animal we would require photos of the set up the animal will be going in. Photos should include one of the whole set up and one of the lighting detailing uv strengths and temps as well as thermostat. We would recommend you provide these before travelling to us, via email.

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