Caring For A Blue-Tongued Skink

Are you interested in adopting a reptile? You may want to consider the Blue-Tongued Skink. As the name suggests, these little dinosaurs do have blue tongues, which certainly makes them unique! A Marietta, GA vet offers some basic care tips below.


The blue tongued skink is native to Australia, where it made fans among farmers and gardeners due to its proclivity for eating slugs and snails. They grow up to about 20 inches long, so they aren’t exactly the smallest lizard you could pick. These pretty lizards are quite gentle. However, they will bite if they get scared. While they’re suitable for first-time reptile owners, they aren’t a good option for young kids.


For skinks, we recommend 40 to 55 gallon tanks with secure lids. For substrate, you can use cypress mulch, newspaper, or aspen shavings. You’ll also need to add a shallow water dish that is large enough for your pet to use as a tub. To make your pet’s home interesting, offer lots of things to explore and hide in, such as hides, cork bark, rocks, or even PVC pipes.


These lizards are suited to warm environments. Your pet’s tank should be around 75 to 85 degrees, with a basking spot that is around 95. It can be cooler at night, but the temperature shouldn’t go below 70. You’ll need to monitor conditions carefully, so good equipment is a must. A basking light combined with under-tank heating works well. 

As for lights, Blue-tonged Skinks need both UVA and UVB lights. These should be on a cycle, offering your pet 10 to 12 hours of full-spectrum light daily. Make sure the bulb is set correctly, so it isn’t too close or too far from your pet. Remember to change the bulb regularly! Your vet can give you more information on proper conditions and setup.

Food and Water

Your tiny dinosaur is an omnivore, so he’ll need a varied diet that contains both meat and produce. Some things you can put on your pet’s menu include bananas, strawberries, and melons; veggies, such as parsnips and leafy greens; low-fat canned dog food; and waxworms. For treats, you can give your reptilian pal the occasional pinky mouse. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns about reptile care. As your Marietta, GA  pet hospital, we’re here to help!

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