Blue tongue skinks make awesome pets. They are also good beginner pets. They are famous for their personality, friendliness, ease to handle, and caring. It doesn’t need specialized care and you don’t have to be an expert to keep a blue tongue skink as a pet.
There are two different sub-species of blue tongue skink i.e. the Indonesian and the Northern skinks. But their care is relatively the same and requires the same tools and things for their care in captivity.
Blue Tongue Skink Shopping List
Below is a list of supplies you will need for a blue tongue skink.
Blue tongue skinks need at least a 75-gallon enclosure. Many people recommend a 40-gallon breeder but in my opinion, a 40-gallon is simply not enough for them. Because they can grow to up to 30 inches. Remember, the bigger the better. Check our recommended blue tongue skink enclosures.
The Indonesian and the northern blue tongue skinks require different humidity levels inside their enclosure. For a northern specie, you will need to use something that can hold humidity well. You can use cypress mulch, Raptor bark, eco earth, Spagna moss, or a mix of all these for Indonesian. For a northern, you use something like Aspen because it doesn’t need to hold humidity as much.
Blue tongue skinks are curious animals and they love to climb. That is why you will need to put a few plants inside its enclosure.
It is also very important to provide a few hiding places for your skink inside the enclosure where they can hide whenever they want.
You will need a water dish inside the enclosure at all times because blue tongue skinks drink a lot of water.
You will also need a food dish inside your blue tongue skink enclosure so the food doesn’t mix up with the substrate.
We recommend getting an overhead heat source as opposed to heat pads for blue tongue skinks. They like to bask so an overhead heat source is definitely a good choice. You can buy either a basking bulb or use a ceramic heat emitter.
The Indonesian species require a much higher basking temperature than the northern species. The Indonesian skinks need around 100 degrees while the northern do fine at about 90 degrees. To properly gauge the temperature inside the enclosure you will need a thermometer.
For blue tongue skinks, a UVB light is optional but we always recommend getting one to be on the safe side.
Blue tongue skinks have a very strange diet requirement as compared to other reptiles. Their diet should consist of 40% protein 50% veggies and 10% fruit. We recommend getting dog food for your skink as it has all the things needed in their diet.
You will also need to supplement their food with calcium and vitamins.