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Skinks

Experience Level: Beginner

skinks in habitat

Nutrition & Maintenance

Dietary Requirements
• Skinks are omnivores, meaning their diet consists of a combination of meat and vegetables.

• Skinks benefit from a variety of different items in their diet so it is important to alternate the insects, vegetables and fruits being fed.

• They require calcium supplementation as part of their diet.

• Worms, vegetables, fruits and prepared diets should be fed from a bowl to avoid accidental ingestion of the substrate.

 

Dietary Options
  Examples Feeding Frequency
Insects* Crickets**, mealworms, occasional waxworms

Daily to every other day.

Offer only enough to be consumed by the end of the day.

Vegetables* Dark, leafy greens (kale, collard greens, mustard, dandelion, escarole), and vegetables (zucchini, broccoli, squash, shredded carrots)

Daily to every other day.

Offer only enough to be consumed in four hours. 

Fruits Berries

Once weekly; should only constitute 5% of diet.

Offer only enough to be consumed in four hours.

*Insects and vegetables should be dusted with a calcium supplement twice a week.'=

**Crickets should be fed a gut-loaded diet (commercially available nutrient-dense diet) prior to being fed to the reptile to ensure they have the proper nutrients for a healthy reptile diet. 

 

Water
• Skinks will drink from a shallow dish and lick moisture from their skin; mist your pet every other day with warm water.

• Water bowls should be emptied and refilled daily.

Other Reminders
Use caution when handling pets and remember that all pets may bite or scratch especially when stressed. Supervise children around pets.

Pets may transmit disease to humans; be sure to wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning his home.