Acquired: Wild caught / rehabilitation animal,
Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Jul 13, 2015
Common blue tongue skinks are easy to provide for, generally friendly and a great beginner pet.
They do need a fair bit of space, growing up to 24 inches (for a larger one) and preferring ground space to climbing. They do tend to fight if kept together, so you should house them separately if you choose to have more than one.
Heating is pretty straight forward, an under tank heating pad and heat lamp for day time basking are good. You will also need full spectrum UV lights, to ensure they are healthy.
They eat a mixture of proteins and plant matter, so be sure to feed a balanced diet rich in both.
Skinks are naturally curious and will end up in all sorts of very silly situations in their cage because of it. They are quite friendly and seem to enjoy interacting with people. Most I've known love a good chin rub.