The Escapee

We had 2 escapees today!
These guys (eastern blue tongue skinks) were in a temporary home since they were busy being fumigated and their old home is getting carted off to the dump. The dog, curious that she is, decided to investigate and the next thing we knew, the holding tub was on it's side, lid ajar with no skinks in sight.
The first skink, Pebbles, was easy caught, bathed and then returned to her holding tub. She was rather grubby. Bam Bam was a little more difficult to get ahold of. He was under the kids cubby house and was not coming out even to promises of food in a nice warm box.
When hubby got home the hunt continued until he got sick of the slippery skink and lifted one end up of the heavy cubby house. I chased the skink out with a rake handle and M12 caught him. He wasn't as grubby as the female so he went straight back into the holding tub.
Through all of this, the kids learnt the valuable lessons of keeping the patio clean (or you have to do it after dinner and in the dark), making sure reptile enclosures are kept locked and how to wash out spray hair colour from their hair.


Our sandswimmers are coming along nicely and colouring up well. It has been almost 2 months since I bought these guys and I was wondering how they would go, if they would survive, or if they would die (from being sick or stressed). So far so good and soon we will look at relocating them to the central reptile hub of this house.

I am sure that we have a male female pair as they still aren't agressive to each other, have slight differences (colour, size, etc) that make me think they are a pair. I guess only time will tell in that department.
Tonight they had a feasting on wood roaches and even took on the adult roaches (which are quite big, compared to them).

They are a pleasure to own, and make for an interesting night (they are nocturnal) when all the other reptiles are asleep.


I purchased two sand swimmer skinks today. These are shy little creatures but very fun to watch as they burrow into the sand. Hopefully they will become more lively and interesting to watch.

A Herp Family

I am lucky that my family shares my interest in reptiles and even luckier that they will help me to pursue my interests.
It has been just over a year since I acquired my first pets, 4 little central netted dragons. 6 months after that I bought home 2 eastern blue tongue skinks, and now I am hoping to find and purchase some broad-banded/narrow-banded sandswimmer skinks.
Hubby also made me another table so that i can expand and still have room for the home made incubator I hope to use in a few months time.
The dragons are starting to react to the warmer weather and already you can see the redness on their heads start to show through. The males head gets an orangy redness to it when they are coming into breeding season.
This is an exciting time for me.
If they breed successfully, and I manage to incubate the eggs properly then we should, by the new year, or just after, have ourselves some baby dragons. These will then go into the skinks old tank (I bought the skinks a new one today) until they are big enough to be moved around, or until they are sold. I am hoping that I get more females then males in the eggs (should I get any eggs).
The skinks themselves won't be breeding for a while since they are still too young and need at least another 18 months to mature in. They will be easier as they bear live young, though the female may need to be restricted closer to the time.
As for the sandswimmers, well, I only know what I have read in the latest reptile mag since the internet hasn't really any information on them (same as central netteds). I hope I can find some.

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