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Re: king skinks

Postby RoryBreaker » Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:05 pm

Ray Gurgui wrote:Cover the LED with electrical tape , they will never know its on !


I am going to that on the next occasion that I film. The Cunningham Skinks got over their fear of it much more quickly. I was hoping for some Kings skink nastiness towards the camera, but it never occurred. :hehe:
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Re: king skinks

Postby Richard.C » Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:09 pm

Nice vid again,might have to get the go pro out ,be interesting to see what some do when no ones about

I found my bigger king skink dead a couple of days ago,not sure how as it was in great shape,so unfortunatly down to just one,if u get a few bubs this season i may have to invest in some

Camoflage the camera as another skinks head,that may fire them up,lol
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Re: king skinks

Postby RoryBreaker » Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:56 pm

Richard.C wrote:Nice vid again,might have to get the go pro out ,be interesting to see what some do when no ones about

I found my bigger king skink dead a couple of days ago,not sure how as it was in great shape,so unfortunatly down to just one,if u get a few bubs this season i may have to invest in some

Camoflage the camera as another skinks head,that may fire them up,lol


I will have some more this season, or I can organize some a bit older if you know the sex of the ones you still have.
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Re: king skinks

Postby Richard.C » Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:21 pm

Only have one now,not 100 percent on gender but it is alot lighter in build than the one that passed,heads half as bulky but there lengths were similar and they were siblings

When i warmed them this year,lighter built one did tail wiggle then flee response to bigger one,a few times but other then that they pretty much were always with each other

Have a feeling it may have gotten to hot in last heat wave
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Re: king skinks

Postby RoryBreaker » Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:51 pm

Another video, this time only the adult male came out to bask with some newborns.

http://youtu.be/nUtWDcE67LU

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Re: king skinks

Postby Richard.C » Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:23 pm

Thats awsome,been waiting to see the bubs
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Re: king skinks

Postby Richard.C » Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:39 pm

Still spins me out how small there babies are compared to them,when i got mine as juvies,they still had the kingy tude,not shy like landmullets
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Re: king skinks

Postby kl » Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:02 pm

The mainland species seems to be more robust in girth than the island subspecies. What is the average length of them? We never see the mainland form in the USA.

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Re: king skinks

Postby acanthurus » Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:14 am

I didn't even realise this thread was here! Love these guys. As stated above they are so feisty, yet always seem to be out in the open. Almost fearless.

Here are a couple of one of my yearlings. I'm a bit worried about their size being too small for their age, but then again I'm not really sure how quick they should be growing. This on is about half the size of the adults. Should they be larger by this age?

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Re: king skinks

Postby Richard.C » Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:39 am

I might have to ban u for having such stunning skinks,joking of course

That looks ok size wise for a yearling,there tiny as babies for such a sizable species,do you know that ones locale,cool looking some of the lighter forms coming out of wa lately,im used to the darker forms,some nice variety in these guys

Definatly fun skinks to keep
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Re: king skinks

Postby acanthurus » Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:52 pm

Thanks Richard,

My understanding is that these come from around Jurien Bay. I also have one from a bit further south of there which is a bit darker.

I have also seen pictures of another yellow spotted form from the far south that I wouldn't mind adding to the collection one day.
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Re: king skinks

Postby Richard.C » Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:22 pm

Yeah those yellow flecked ones are very attractive,be good to see a few of these forms produced in captivity
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Re: king skinks

Postby acanthurus » Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:41 pm

Bought a couple of new kings today that I'm hoping are a pair. Both have heaps of yellow. They are in quarantine at the moment but I'll try and get some better pics when they are settled in.

The first pic I'm picking as male, second as female. If anyone has tips on how to reliably sex these please let me know!
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Re: king skinks

Postby Richard.C » Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:55 am

Beautiful,rorybreaker may be your best bet for sexing,i had a sibling pr,the male was solider and huge fat neck compared to what i believe was the female

I recently lost male during heat wave unfortunatly,mine are the typical dark type
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Re: king skinks

Postby acanthurus » Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:15 am

Cheers mate,

Sorry to hear about your male. If you want I'll try and set you up with a group if I can breed them next year.
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Re: king skinks

Postby kl » Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:35 am

These appear to be the island form. Funny how this form is already in Europe but the mainland species is not.

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Re: king skinks

Postby Richard.C » Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:12 pm

Sounds good acanthurus,i love kingys,there fiesty buggers,but great to watch,probably my favourite egernia
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Re: king skinks

Postby kl » Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:32 am

What I wouldn't pay for a female!

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Re: king skinks

Postby RoryBreaker » Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:30 pm

With my trio I am lucky as my male is lighter in colour than my females. But generally speaking, the male is a bigger animal, the head is longer and narrower than the females. As with most Egernia the differences are only subtle.

I took a couple of comparison pictures this morning, I don't know how helpful they are but here we go.

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They really hate handling, took a bit of time for them to settle for the pics.

These guys are from the late Mike Moore's line( most Kings in collections on the east coast are). As far as I'm aware, none of the pretty limestone speckly ones have been captive bred in the east.

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Re: king skinks

Postby Jeff » Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:39 pm

Great pictures RB. Thans for taking the time to post them. Like you said, very subtle differences, but great to have as a reference. I will be coming back to study these multiple times.
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