Merauke VS. Irian Jaya. Differences?

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Merauke VS. Irian Jaya. Differences?

Postby DuncleDan » Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:34 am

I recently picked up a blue tongue skink from an acquaintance of mine, and i asked him what locale it was. He stated that the mother was imported from Indonesia, and bred in my state, so he doesn't know the locale. I've heard that it could be other a Merauke or an Irian Jaya, is there any distinctive characteristics? I've googled it and it says speckling on the legs (which they both apparently have?..) but i'd like to hear it firsthand from someone who owns Meraukes or Irian Jayas. I can post pictures once I get home. (I may sound naive, which i am but only to Blue Tongue locales. I've been working with reptiles for 2 1/2 years.)
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Re: Merauke VS. Irian Jaya. Differences?

Postby mb606587 » Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:45 am

I own both :D . Irian Jayas typically have thicker bands and will be smaller as adults. Appearance wise, the differences are pretty subtle and the care is virtually identical. Some experts actually consider the Irian Jaya as a type of Merauke, however, currently they are still their own unnamed subspecies. Some of us here will be able to tell you what you have once you post pictures.
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Re: Merauke VS. Irian Jaya. Differences?

Postby DuncleDan » Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:03 pm

Here it is! :D
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Re: Merauke VS. Irian Jaya. Differences?

Postby mb606587 » Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:54 pm

That's a very nice Irian Jaya.
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Re: Merauke VS. Irian Jaya. Differences?

Postby DuncleDan » Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:24 pm

Alright, thank you so much. It’s very appreciated.
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Re: Merauke VS. Irian Jaya. Differences?

Postby Janella » Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:11 am

What a cute little IJ. Welcome to the forum! Best place to get questions answered and the correct information on them.
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Re: Merauke VS. Irian Jaya. Differences?

Postby Edward » Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:55 am

Irian Jaya

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