Species group: Skinks
Scientific name: Hemisphaeriodon gerrardii
The Australian Pink Tongued Skink (Hemisphaeriodon gerrardii), previously Tiliqua gerrardii / Cyclodomorphus gerrardii, is native to New South Wales and Queensland in Australia where they shelter beneath leaf litter, in hollow logs and crevices of rocks and trees and their slender bodies and limbs are an adaptation for moving in thick undergrowth. This skink lives in a wetter forest habitat than the other Australian Skinks and is nocturnal in warm weather and diurnal in cold.
Appearance / health:
As suggested by its common names, the distinguishing characteristic of the Australian Pink Tongued Skink is a pink tongue. (H. gerrardii is very similar in appearance to the Eastern Blue-Tongue (Tiliqua scincoides); however it has a pink tongue as an adult, and is also much more slender than the (Tiliqua scincoides) and has a much longer and narrower tail and a smaller head.
10 gallon aquarium for one skink, and a 20 gallon for 2. They do well in temperatures between 70F - 80F (22C to 27C) and with 60% to 100% humidity.
Mainly insects, but also worms, slugs, and even small mammals, such as young mice.
pink tongue, fantastic pet
defrost pinky mice, appropriate UVB, varied diet
Docile and pretty
I look after a group of four Pink Tongued Skinks at work and have successfully had babies from them in the past. They are very similar in care to the more common blue tongue skink, a little different in looks and smaller. I would say they are more active too and seem to be happy kept in a group (one male, three females).
These eat a varied diet and are always happy to eat - in fact we have to be careful not to overfeed them, because they can easily get overweight. We feed them mealworms, waxworms, earthworms, slugs, snails, cooked chicken, defrost pinky mice and then a variety of fruit. Fruit is a bit hit and miss - bananas and strawberries are a favourite, and two of them love grapes.
Care wise as reptiles go the setup is pretty simple and straight forward, since we have a group of four we have them in a 5ft by 2ft by 2ft enclosure, with appropriate UVB and heating. They are not the best climbers, but will climb a rock face or very sturdy branches. They do like to dig. Handling them is easy - they are very slow, very docile and quite lazy.
I don't see many of these being captive bred and it's a real shame. If you have the opportunity to own them, they would definitely make a good pet..
From Athravan Jun 15 2015 4:05AM