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CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK


Scientific name: Egernia cunninhami

Distribution: Australia. South east Queensland to northern NSW with populations in Victoria and SA.

Habitat: Rock outcrops, dead trees and hollow logs. Shrubland, wind swept heath areas and river valleys.

Brief description: A very personable and long lived species. Adults reach 13-14 inches total length. The group I work with originates from a collection in Europe and has been producing since 2002. The adult color mainly consists of a black body with white faded blotches. Juveniles are more strongly patterned. With a two month cooling period, females produce 3-8 young within a litter. Since the species can be aggressive with each other, it is best to raise a group of babies up together, as they will form a breeding colony. Males will pick on each other until one finally submits and should be seperated.

They are by far one of the easiest australian skinks species to kept. A group of adults should be kept in a cage with a floor dimension of 2x4 feet. Substrate consists of cypress bark mulch, with large rocks and cork bark flats and tubes. An isolated hot spot of 110F is suggested, with a nightime drop into the 70's. A water bowl should be present as well as good lighting, such as ZooMed 10.0 UVB bulbs. Their diet inlcudes - crickets, superworms, dubia roaches, cat food, babyfood, and any seasonal fruit and leafy greens. Supplements that should be used are RepCal D3 and Herptivite, 1-2 times per week. A very enjoyable lizards to have.


       



Egernia. c. kreffti


Scientific name:  Egernia cunninghammi "kreffti"
 
Distribution:  Australia.  NSW.
 
Habitat:  Shelters in rock outcrops, slabs, and hollow logs. 
 
Brief description:  SVL of 150 mm with a total length of 300mm.  Not considered a true sub-species of E. c. cunninghammi.  Although the species as a whole covers a vast range, E. c. "kreffti" is determined by local color and pattern.  Some specimens are a dark orange brown with white to cream flecking.  Black markings may be present as well.  A gregarious species in which several animals may live in the same general area.  In capivity, one must always house males seperate from each other.  2-3 females may be kept with one male, as long as the cage is large enough.  Females may produce 1-6 live babies.  Will feed on anything offered to them.  Same care as E. c. cunninghammi.  A rewarding skink to work with!


         



E. hosmeri


Scientific name:  Egernia hosmeri

Distribution:  Australia,  Queensland

Habitat:  Shelters in rock crevices and dead hollow timber or rock cliffs.

Brief description:  SVL of 180mm with a total length of 270mm.  Body color is a light grey/olive with white, black, and brown flecks.  The head is a striking red/brown with white markings.  Scalation on the head is impressive, looking very "dragon".  One of the most tamest Egernia.  Specimens will come to the hand that feeds it and not shy at all.  May be kept as pairs in a large dry terrestrial cage.  Furnishing's may be large round cork bark tubes, bricks arranged to resemble crevices, and various dry logs.  A small water and food dish completes the cage.  A hot spot of 120F is reccomended along with plenty of UVB light.  Offer a varied diet of insects, greens, and fruit.  Supplement with RepCal D3, Herptivite, and Mineral indoor.

With a 2-3 month cooling period, females may produce 1-4 live babies.  One of the nicest lizards to work with.  Serious inquires only! 


   



Tiliqua s. scinciodes

 

Scientific name:  Tiliqua s. scinciodes

Distribution:  Australia   Queensland to NSW, to South Australia and Victoria

Habitat:  Occupying a variety of habitats, such as temperate lowland grasslands, dry sclerophyll forest, semi-arid grasslands, and woodland, and coastal heaths.   Will seek shelter in hollow logs, large flat rock crevices, leaf litter, or human garbage such as discarded tin or metal.

Brief description:   Total length of 45-60 cm.  Two forms exist, one inland and the other coastal.  The specimens I work with have the classic orbital eye stripe with various amounts of coloration on the flanks and the bloodlines are pure.  Once common in the trade, they are now rare in captivity.  Easy to care for.  Adults are housed in 40 gallon all glass tanks with open tops for good ventilation.  A hot spot is provided by means of a 40-60 watt heat bulb with UVB lighting.  Substrate consists of aspen bedding, with a water bowl and cork bark flats for refuge.     Food is offered every 2-4 days and insect's constitute a good portion of the diet.  Good supplementation is a must.

After a two month cooling period, males are introduced to females for 7-10 days.  After a 3-4 month gestation, females can give birth to 6-15 babies.   A must for serious skink collections!


       



GIDGEE SKINK


Scientific name: Egernia stokesii

Distribution: Interior of Australia and populations in WA, including island's off Shark Bay.

Habitat: Dry to semi arid habitats. Rock out crops, dead trees and logs and under limestone rock slabs.

Brief description: Still a rare and desirable skink in herptoculture. Adults reach lengths of 9-10 inches for females and 7-8 inches for males. The body color usually consist's of a rich red/rusty/brown with small light tan broken markings. The tail is impressive with sharp spines, which is used as a defense. If you have the goal of breeding, which most of us do, then they should be setup as pairs only. The cage should have floor dimensions of 24"X36". Substrate can be cypress bark mulch, with rocks and cork bark flats and tubes that compliment the interior. They need a hot spot of 125F and low humidity. Always use ZooMed's 10.0 UVB bulbs for lighting. Water should be provided once or twice per week. They can be fed 3-4 times a week with mainly insects, such as crickets, superworms, and dubia roaches. One can provide small amounts of fruit and leafy greens as well. RepCal D3 and Hertivite are the choice for supplements.

Pairs should be cooled for two months and females give birth to 1-5 babies in a litter with a gestation of four or five months. Babies are delicate at first and are very shy. A must for serious lizard collections!