ReptiFiles Blue Tongue Skink Starter Kit
For your convenience, we have put together a list of the blue tongue skink supplies that ReptiFiles personally recommends for the health of your new pet, as well as your own peace of mind. In other words, we’ve basically done the shopping for you! ?
Although blue tongue skinks are commonly recommended as an ideal “first reptile,” please note that even the easiest reptiles can be expensive and high-maintenance to keep. If you are not prepared to purchase everything required for the health and wellbeing of a blue tongue skink, this is not the pet for you.
Click the link for each item below to see which specific products we recommend.
- Front-opening 48″x24″x24″ enclosure
- Halogen heat bulb
- 8.5″ dome lamp with dimmable switch
- Flat basking stone
- Infrared temperature gun
- Digital thermometer/hygrometer
- 22″ T5 HO 10-12% UVB bulb
- 24″ T5 HO reflective UVB fixture
- Power strip with programmable digital timer
- Reptile humidifier (for Indonesian species)
- 4-6″ of substrate (bedding)
- Sphagnum moss
- Medium food dish
- Large shallow water dish
- Hide/cave (x2)
- Enrichment items: cork bark/logs, plants, etc.
- Calcium supplement
- Multivitamin supplement
Cost before buying your blue tongue skink: ~$700 USD
Keep in mind that everything should be purchased and set up BEFORE you get the skink. This will save you a lot of stress, and does your new pet a big favor, too.
We also recommend finding an experienced reptile veterinarian in your area. It’s always better to do a little bit of research when nothing’s wrong than to find yourself in a panic when your pet gets sick. Start with the ReptiFiles Reptile Vet Directory!
Where to Buy a Blue Tongue Skink
If you’re looking to buy a pet blue tongue skink, the best place to go is ReptiFiles’ official partner, HappyDragons.com! All breeders listed on the HappyDragons marketplace are thoroughly vetted for legitimacy and held to high standards in ethics and husbandry.
- Introduction to Blue Tongue Skinks
- Shopping List
- Tiliqua Species & Subspecies
- Terrarium: Size Requirements
- Terrarium: Temperatures & Humidity
- Terrarium: Substrate
- Terrarium: Decorating
- Feeding Your Skink
- Handling Tips
- Diseases & General Health Information
- Additional Resources
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