Acquired: Wild caught / rehabilitation animal
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Posted Jun 15, 2015
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.