Species group: Skinks
Other common names: Eyed Skink; Gongilo
Scientific name: Chalcides ocellatus
The Ocellated Skink is native to a number of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, such as Greece, southern Italy, and parts of North Africa. It is found in a variety of habitats, including dry deserts and farm and grasslands.
The Ocellated Skink is a peaceful, shy and somewhat reclusive skink, and spends most of its time under cover. Most pet skinks of this species are exported from Egypt.
Appearance / health:
The Ocellated Skink grows to a total length of 6-12 inches (15-30cm.). The Ocellated Skink has smooth, shiny scales which are either grey or light brown in color, and covered by white spots. It has a pointed head, elongated body and short limbs.
A 20 gallon long tank is the minimum for one skink. A pair can be kept in a slightly larger tank that gives more floor space; for example - 40 gallon breeder tank. A secure lid is needed.
Temperatures overall inside the tank should be between 85-90F with a basking area that reaches from 90-105F. Nighttime temperatures can safely drop down to 65F. A high output UVB bulb and light fixture are necessary for the well being of this skink. The basking area can be achieved by getting a ceramic heat emitter, a reptile basking bulb, or a high wattage house flood bulb in a dome fixture. An accurate digital thermometer with a probe is also needed to accurately record and maintain temperatures. If temperatures at night drop below 65F, an infrared (nocturnal) bulb, a ceramic heat emitter, or an under tank heater can be used (never use heat rocks as they will burn). Create a 12 hr day and 12 hr night schedule by setting up a timer for the lights. Substrate to use can be washed children’s play sand. Pet stores sell sand, but this is not recommended, instead use the play sand available at hardware stores (children’s play sand is less likely to cause impactions, and is also cheaper.) Substrate depth should be between 3-5 inches deep as these skinks will burrow under the sand at night. Food and water dishes should be provided and cleaned frequently. Sand should also be spot cleaned and changed out when needed. Tank décor can be anything from pre-made hiding areas, drift wood, bark, rocks, fake plants, etc.
The bulk of the diet should consist of insects; crickets, meal worms, super worms, wax worms, and others. They also can be offered high quality low fat dog or cat food occasionally. Kale, collared greens, carrots, and fruits should also be offered. Newly hatched skinks need to be offered tiny foods such as flightless fruit flies and pin head crickets along with the fruits, veggies, and high quality dog or cat food.
novice keepers, excellent pets, cute little skinks, typical household climate
holey lava rocks, live bearers, powdered calcium, UVB exposure, fine allpurpose sand
Great for Skink Fans Looking to Expand their Horizons
Subtly-colored but quite attractive, these desert-dwellers are both hardy and relatively-unstudied, and so ideal for both novice keepers and well-experienced breeders.
A pair of ocellated skinks will so fine in a 20 gallon terrarium furnished with sand, rocks (place these on tank bottom, not sand, lest the little creatures be crushed while burrowing). Most resist handling, and their “stiff” bodies and glossy, almost slippery scales, render them easy to drop. But with time and patience, limited contact is usually tolerated. Their temperature needs – a range of 80-85 with a basking site of 95 F – are easily met, and humidity should be low. UVB exposure is essential.
A wide variety of insects supplemented with powdered calcium and vitamins are essential to your pet’s well-being. Roaches, crickets, silkworms, hornworms, locusts and other commercially-available insects should be supplied; crickets and mealworms alone, even if supplemented, will not supply adequate nutrition long-term..
From findiviglio Nov 15 2015 3:29PM