blue tongue skink lifespan
blue tongue skink lifespan (BTS) are a popular lizard pet kept in homes around the world. These lizards are native to Australia, new Guinea, and Tasmania, where they live in a mixture of scrubland, woodland, and semi-desert areas.The blue tongue skink is omnivorous, which means it eats animals and plants, which comprises mostly insects, plants, and some other reptiles.What makes these reptiles stand out is their long blue tongue, which is a defensive mechanism, protecting the lizard against predators. These are very docile reptiles that rarely will show any aggression.They are shy and enjoy hiding in their shelters. When they feel threatened, they open their mouth to display their blue tongue, puffing out their body while they hiss. The body puffing increases their size, making them look larger than they are, while the tongue shows them as dangerous.The majority of species you purchase are bred in captivity due to Australia prohibiting the export of their wildlife, which includes lizards.The four common skinks you will find on the market is the Northern blue tongue skin, which is from tropical Australia, the Eastern blue-tongued skink from temperate Australia, the New Guinean blue-tongued skink from New Guinea, and the Blotched blue-tongued skink which comes from southeastern Australia, which also offers a temperate climate
Blue-tongues are by far the most popular pet skink which can be hardy captives if they are captive-bred. Many captive-bred pet blue-tongue skinks will become quite friendly and beg to come out when they spot their main care-giver. Captive-bred blue-tongue skinks can be much easier to raise than bearded dragons. Blue-tongue skinks are more tolerant of lower temperatures and have lower ultraviolet-B requirements. They do not require live food and do well on a diet of green leafy produce mixed with fruits, legumes and other vegetables, and an animal protein source. Blue-tongue skinks are very tolerant of handling and become quite tractable as they get larger and eventually become “lap lizards” with regular gentle handling. Blue-tongue skinks are much longer-lived than bearded dragons, often reaching their teens and twenties.
Specie; Red northern blue skink
Age; 20 months
Preferred diet; collard greens, dandelion greens, green beans, arugula, mustard greens, and endive. The best fruits are berries, squash, apple, and papaya.