Has your sandfish stopped eating? Are you worried that you have a sick sandfish on your hands? Welcome to ReptiFiles’ compilation of the most common health problems that affect sandfish skinks.

In the wild, a sick or weakened reptile is a target for predators, so they’ve become experts at pretending to be well. In captivity, this means that by the time we humans notice that something’s wrong, the reptile is already very sick. So we must be extra diligent in order to notice any changes that may indicate illness:

  • Keep a weekly record of weight, feeding habits, behavior, shedding, etc.
  • Weigh your sandfish monthly (if possible) – significant weight loss (10% or more) indicates illness.
  • Prepare a reptile first-aid kit so you won’t be left scrambling if your pet becomes sick or injured.

Click on any topic listed below to learn more.

Disclaimer: I am not a reptile veterinarian nor a reptile health expert. The contents of these pages are to be used as guidelines, not professional medical advice. If you have an emergency, call an experienced reptile veterinarian immediately.

Table of Contents:


Intestinal Parasites

Loss of Appetite

Metabolic Bone Disease



Weight Loss


Need a Vet?

If you’re looking for a reptile veterinarian near you, I recommend checking out the ReptiFiles Reptile Vet Directory. Or, consult with a reptile health expert online: is a JustAnswer affiliate.