Posted Jul 16, 2013
Sid was barely as big as my middle finger when he first came to our home. Now he sits like a maharajah upon my forearm whenever we hang out.
Blue tongue skinks have to be the easiest going reptile in the world. Sid has a lovely patient temperament, even if I need to pull him out of his faux-rock shelter when he's sleeping. Oh sure, sometimes he'll hiss a little but he never ever struggles or bites even if he's moody.
Which is difficult to tell because like all blue tongue skinks, he looks perpetually moody. In fact, he was named Sid after Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols. But he's not vicious at all. Just a bit grumpy looking.
Like other blue tongue skink owners, I am sure Sid knows who I am and responds to the sound of my voice. When I speak to him, he tends to look up at me and twist his head to the side as though he's trying to figure me out. He also really likes a little stroke under his chin and closes his eyes like he's blissing out whenever I pat him like this.
Sid enjoys a diet of fresh food - he gets greens, fruit & veg everyday and I give him crickets or mealworms as a special treat every so often. Oh he loves those babies and also relishes feasting on garden snails.
I do let Sid roam in the backyard. He has a cage that he can hang out beneath which allows me peace of mind that he won't disappear, while allowing him to eat grass and lie in the sun. He doesn't seem to like it when it's breezy and definitely not on cold days!
In his enclosure, he loves burrowing in the mulchy substrate and has a heavy water bowl as well as some climbing rocks and tunnels. He's a curious little adventurer so with each cleaning (i.e. replacement of substrate, bleach etc) every couple weeks, I reconfigure his enclosure to give him places to explore and hide.
Sid loves his heat lamps and often sits atop his flat rock to get warm. I would advise never using a heat rock though or heat pads on the floor of a blue tongues enclosure. They tend to never move off the heat and can get a bit cooked and constipated. Best if they have to move around.
My kids were about 4&5 years old when Sid came to live with us and he's still a quiet and easy family favourite. I actually think he really likes us too.