Bluetail Skink (adults)
Mabuya QuinquecarinataOrigin: This animal originates from Southeast AfricaSize / Longevity:Habitat / Caging Requirements:Feeding / Nutrition:Skinks are veracious feeders' and will readily eat crickets', meal worms, super worms, fruit flies, and wax worms. It's also a good idea to dust the insects with calcium powder.Temperature should be kept around 75 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit. Three to five adults can be kept in a 20 or 30 gallon tank. Decorate the tank with wood, live plant's, sand substrate and rocks. Setup a basking area then use moss of chola wood for a hiding places. Use a water dish large enough to climb into and keep the water clean.At full grown, they only get about 9 to 10 inches in length. They are very active diurnal, meaning they are mostly active during the day. They are usually a brown with 3 yellow stripes and a blue tail. They are a great choice for one with not much space and will live 4 to 6 years in captivity.Skinks have short tiny legs with short little necks and a blunt like triangular head. They have a slick body surface for burrowing themselves in the sand to evade a predator at a moments notice. Skinks seem at times to move like snakes then they do lizards. Their rather small size makes them great pets for kids.