Tonawanda News — Blue-tongue skinks can grow up to 20 inches, which is quite large for a pet lizard, and can live between 15 and 20 years. They are terrestrial and do not require high branches. Since they stay close to the ground, the larger surface area you can provide them the better.
A typical 50-gallon aquarium is a good starting point. Typical lizard husbandry applies, including proper lighting, heat and vitamins. These can make great critter companions for a caregiver who has some smaller lizard experience.
I have cared for four blue-tongue skinks over the past couple years at different facilities and they always make me smile when it is feeding time. After you place the food down in their enclosure, they never fail to keep their head stationary and rotate one of their eyes up at you as if to say, “Is this it?” They seen to have an insatiable appetite.
Blue-tongue skinks are omnivores and their diet can include different types of dark greens, vegetables, a small amount of fruit and a source of protein. They will readily eat earthworms, snails, mealworms, superworms and crickets.
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