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Prehensile-Tailed Skink

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired: Online breeder / seller,
Bred animal myself,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)

Gender: N/A

Appearance

3/5

Health

3/5

ActivityLevel

3/5

Temperament

3/5

Easy to provide habitat

2/5

Easy to handle

2/5

Visibility

3/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

3/5

Easy to Feed

3/5

Easy to provide environmental needs

4/5

The Largest and Perhaps Most Unique Skink

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New York, United States

Posted Nov 15, 2015

This largest of the world’s 1,600+ skink species is also among the most socially complex and exhibits some vey “un-skink-like” behaviors – all in all, keeping and breeding prehensile-tailed skinks is a fascinating endeavor. It is also an important undertaking, as they face a very uncertain future in their tiny natural range. Fortunately, captive-breeding is regular and, while they do need a good deal of space, their care is without major difficulties.

Close confinement does not work for prehensile-tailed skinks, and invariably leads to stress disorders and an early demise. Cages must be custom-built, and should provide at least 4 ½ feet of height on a 3’ x 4’ base. A reptile fogger and a moisture-holding substrate (a mix of dead leaves and peat works well) should be employed to maintain a humidity level of 65-80%. Secure arboreal retreats (hollow logs and cork bark rolls work well), stout branches, vines and a quiet locale for the cage are also essential to their welfare. Also, please understand that many individuals remain as “observe only” pets even after years in captivity; personalities differ, but their health will suffer if you persist in grabbing a reluctant animal.

Most prehensile tails have very accommodating appetites, which makes it easy to provide them with a varied, balanced diet – not often the case with lizards in general! Their diet should be comprised of a mixed salad of greens and vegetables, to which has been added a small amount (i.e. 10% by volume) of fruit. Kale, bok choy, dandelion, mustard and collard greens, beets, various beans, squash, carrots, yams, apples, figs, papaya and other seasonally available produce should be offered, with variety being a key point. Calcium and vitamin supplements are essential.

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