The Skink can be found in many regions of the word, from the tropics to temperature zones, this specie has demonstrated its ability to live and adapt to many environments. A couple of regions where they cannot be found is the artic or boreal climates.
As with a number of other species, some types of Skink are abundant while over the years others have become rare and endangered species.
The Skink is somewhat distinct from Lizards in that their short legs inhibit movement, with some appearing as though they are slithering along like snakes. But similar to other reptiles, days are spend scurrying around after food or sunbathing, while night time is for cooling down and resting.
Skinks feast on all types of insects and sometimes small lizards and rodents. Vegetarians do exist among them too and they are either oviparous or viviparous, depending on the species.
Skinks are sun loving reptiles and while enjoy the tan, they like to keep busy. As a result, an appropriate sized tank with a secure top is best to keep your critter happy. Don’t forget the substrate, a hollowed log, cave or box for hiding and your all set.
You will need a shallow dish and daily fresh water. The skink’s legs are quite small and a shallow dish will help the Skink quench it’s thirst in a snap. Be sure your water is non-chlorinated. Don’t forget to moisten the environment and keep it moist and humid. Its not a forest fire, it’s just a mist.
Be sure clean out your Skins’s habitat out once a week with an approved solution. We carry lot’s of great cleaning products for animals right here at Petware House. Be sure to thoroughly rinse your tank when your done and to ensure that no harmful residue remain in the tank. Once your done, wash and rinse your hands with a good anti-bacterial handwash after handling your pet or it’s enclosure.
Have insects? Good. The Skinks love insects. As a matter of fact, they thrive on crickets, mealworms, meat and vegetables. Be sure to dust your Skink’s food with vitamin/mineral supplement to ensure health and vitality. These items can be purchased, right here at Petware House, so don’t hesitate to drop by our store and we will be pleased to help.
A Skink’s average life expectancy – as a rule of thumb – is generally based on how long they are. The longer the Skink, the greater its life expectancy is. But it also depends on the specie, but anything from five to twenty years or above.
Size: Again, it’s relative to the type of species – the Little Brown Skink ranges from three to five inches, while the Solomon Island Skink can achieve thirty two or more inches.
Skinks can survive in various climates by living different lifestyles. Most species are arboreal (spend their life in trees), some of them are terrestrial (spend their life on the ground) or aquatic (spend their life near or in the water).
Color of the skink body resembles the color of their environment. They can easily blend in the environment and hide from the predators if they remain motionless.
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