Delicate Skink

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Delicate Skink

Postby kingofnobbys » Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:35 am

Meet Little T


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a 2" plastic petri dish is a great bath and soaking pool for Little T.
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Little T is a great eater. !!!
Polishes off 6 to 8 weenie woodies (roaches) , or weenie crickets , or weenie silkworms per day.

Little T is a Delicate (Rainbow) Skink : Lampropholis delicate , and this skink's tongue is blue and it's used lots when hunting and exploring.

Got a few colonies of these charming little skinks on my property , often see these hunting about and basking in my shed, under my house , at the front of my house ( on my messy front patio and hanging about under the aircon out door unit , and in the little shrubbery at the SW corner of my front yard.
T was found by my handy man when he was digging about making my 6m x 3m raised bed and brought the little skink to me , not injured but very cold and sleepy, now warmed up and hungry and curious.
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Re: Delicate Skink

Postby kingofnobbys » Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:31 am

My builder found another little delicate skink this afternoon when he was completing my south boundary fence's retaining wall , disturbed from brumation and so I have two , a larger one from last week and the new smaller juvenile.

Was starving hungry, destroyed about 12 weenie crickets as soon as I deposited them in the tub.

My is referring to them as "Itchy" and "Scratchy".
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Re: Delicate Skink

Postby kingofnobbys » Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:49 pm

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Itchy the juveniles standing up (on the hunt and exploring).

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Scratchy eating cricket under hide.


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Looky …. a little blue tongue licking lips.

Itchy in petry dish water pond for a drink
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And a bath
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I've always liked this species of skink, grew up catching them in my family home's front and back yards at Mayfield NSW, and my granddad's yard ( Waratah) and around the school as a kiddie , and in the local "bush" and on Ash Island . And I've always had a healthy colony of them on my property here.
One of the most common skinks around here - they are literally in every yard if there is no cat in residence.
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Re: Delicate Skink

Postby kingofnobbys » Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:52 am

Still have them.

The juvenile Scratchy is very much more outgoing than the adult Itchy.

The little skink seems very curious about me, and no longer hides from me when it's napping, not so keen on my wife , it retreats to the little hide with Itchy when she come too close. I seems to respond to my voice when I greet it and speak to it and even crawls onto my hand sometimes when I do a weekly tub clean / swap and when I do the daily water dish top up.

Itchy likes blacksoldier flies , I have to squash the fly's head , but it seems to really enjoy attacking the flies , likes 5-6mm long woodies too ( same deal ) .

Both are great at catching weenie crickets in mid air as they leap to escape them. They're cleaning up 12 - 16 weenie ( 4 - 5mm long ) crickets per day. I don't have any silkworms small enough for them ( more eggs will hatch soon though and in a week or two after that they'll be big enough to use as feeders for Itchy & Scratchy.

One of them shed yesterday, now sure which , but I found a shed skin between their pile of twigs.

Itchy likes to midnight raid, I often hear banging going on , it's Itchy up chasing down and catching crickets , often this is at 10 and 11pm .
Both have adapted well to captivity and are very interesting to watch , they live on my coffee table.

Will be keeping the pair. So I've ordered in a 13W UVB100 and another nano hood , and will soon set the pair up in a 4L Décor TellFresh food tub with the hood glued to the lid ( and hole in the lid to give a clear UV path) , this will increase their floor space by 250% to 300% and will be a very good home for the pair and this way I can be sure they are getting UVA & UVB ( these skinks like shady spots and live in the leaf litter and undergrowth so I think about 180 microW UVB / sq.cm at 4" from the globe ( the hood will essentially double the UV flux ) will be about right for them I think.
The room temperature at 25 - 27 degC seems about right for them, they are active, feeding and seem to have great appetites.

If I had 3 or 4 of them I'd need a 10L Décor Tellfresh tub I think to avoid overcrowding issues.

I'm hoping I've a male and female and maybe I might be able to get them to breed , ( no fighting so that's a good indication) I don't know of anyone who is breeding these little skinks at all. This species lays eggs and establish colonies and set up nurseries where aunti's and older juvenile female guard related females eggs and hatchlings .

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