pink tongue skink
pink tongue skink Australia is home to a tremendous variety of reptiles, and the skinks play second fiddle to none when it comes to diversity. More than 300 skink species occur in the Land Down Under, including the interesting resident that is the subject of this article. Taxonomically in turmoil for years, before being placed in the genus Hemisphaeriodon, the pink-tongued skink was placed within the Tiliqua genus, the same as its larger azure-tongued relatives, the blue-tongued skinks. Certain physical attributes also led the pink-tongued skink to be associated with the slender skinks of the Cyclodomorphus genus, another close relative of the blue-tongued skinks. Pink-tongued skinks do well at temperatures in the upper-70s to mid-80s degrees Fahrenheit for most of the year. A basking area should reach into the low-to-mid 90s range. Found in eastern Australia, from the southern Cape York Peninsula to New South Wales, the pink-tongued skink occurs in both coastal and upland habitat. At home on the ground as well as in low vegetation, the pink-tongued skink frequents wet sclerophyll forests, rain forests and moist woodlands. Hiding within logs and underneath leaf litter during the day, it tends to be crepuscular to nocturnal. Considerably more slender, but only slightly shorter than your average blue-tongued skink, the pink-tongued skink averages about 17 inches in length, of which half consists of its lengthy prehensile tail. Attractively patterned, it is typically a light-brown to silver-gray color, with a series of dark-brown to black crossbars traversing down its entire dorsum. Completely patternless individuals are known, and there appears to be a variance in color within its range, with more silver and black individuals being found in the New South Wales area. However, even within a single litter, the variation can be significant. The skink’s common name obviously refers to one of its most prominent features: its pink tongue.
Specie; Pink Tongue Skink
Size; 16 inches
Age; 5 Months
Preferred Diet; earthworms, waxworms, mealworms, bananas, mice, cat food, dog food, chicken and beef.