Hailing from the United Kingdom, This powerhouse of knowledge is about to share his Skink Adventure.
10 kept skinks under his belt and no slowing down anytime soon.
Experience is Key to Success and here is his Bio.
Well where do I start ? Why Indonesian Blue Tongue Skinks ? Why have I got such a passion for the hobby ? Well let me try to explain in my own way.
A few years ago I was visiting a Historic City in the United Kingdom and I happened to see a rescue center on the high street. A strange place for a rescue center but true. I went inside and saw the various snakes, Tegus, Monitors and other reptiles that people think are cute then they realize that they are too big or difficult for them to handle.
After a chat about why? Which went On for some time with the owner, one of the assistants took out this snake with stumpy legs from an enclosure. I honestly thought it was a snake.
One flick if they tongue and double take I didn’t say a word I was just mesmerized, once again flick, there it was again. Now the conversation really started. What is it ? Where do they come from ? What’s it’s history ? The questions were coming faster than the owner could answer. I left the rescue center and on the drive home I could not stop talking about this animal to my partner. She told me you know nothing about them leave it to someone else. That someone else was going to be me. I had for many years kept Malawi Cichlids and understood about animal husbandry and research so I thought why not me.
Later on that week I went back after trawling the internet and discovering that BTS are not one animal. There are many different sub SP of Tiliqua. So I walk into the center armed with my new found knowledge and asked if I could adopt this wonderful creature.
To my dismay the answer was no. More research and I went back again, informing the center owner that it was indeed a red Irian Jaya from Indonesia and it was a non scientific classification and thus the thought of the general public was that it was closely related to a Scincoides.
We were in, the guy sorted me out everything I needed and this was the start of my journey.
As with everything you can never do enough research and I became aware of the lack of positive knowledge versus the number of keepers that own Indonesian Blue Tongue Skinks. The dismal advice and general berating of owners was shocking.
I joined a fledgling group with about 15 members called Tiliqua Time, we 15 we’re going to change the world or so we thought regarding Indonesian BTS.
Research both by making friends with people who have more experience than I was the key and always questioning why and reading to me was the way forward.
After a few months I had chance to get a baby Tiliqua gigas gigas Halmahera , I was fascinated by this little fella.
I had read that these guys could not be housed together or they would kill each other , so my new fascination of co habitation began. More animals came along with enclosures and empty pockets. I studied these animals as single occupants and I soon realized that the aggression was due to fear of each other and everything around the animals.
Socializing as a group for say 30 minutes with up to 10 animals eating and socializing at the same time brought further developments.
As at writing this I currently have Tiliqua gigas gigas Halmahera Axanthic 1 1 0 Tiliqua gigas gigas Halmahera 1 1 0 Tiliqua gigas gigas Halmahera 1 0 1 All cohabiting and Irian Jaya 1 0 0 Tiliqua Gigas Keyensis 1 1 1 As single occupants. The Kei islands will be my next project. So fingers crossed. Also I am currently an Administrator on Tiliqua Time.
My best bit of advice is that if you have a passion, what ever it be in your life, never put it to one side and later ask your self what if. Grab it by the horns and research, research and more research it doesn’t take years to become proficient enough to take care of these animals, it just takes commitment.
By : Adrian
Well it’s that time of year when all the groups are giving advice about Indonesian Blue Tongue Skins and the process of brumation.
Brumation is, as we have all googled the subject a term that was given to reptiles that basically went into some form of hibernation as mammals do, per say.
If your animal is in the wild there are three specific areas that need looking at, The Northern Hemisphere, The Equator and The Southern Hemisphere.
Both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere have seasonal changes where in summer the roads are melting and in the winter the roads are feet deep in snow, these temperate zones thus have a various shift in seasonal temperature where exothermic animals such as reptiles need to brumate , slow down, hibernate cuddle up for winter what ever you care call it. Through out the previous months they store fats to help them through this period and feed off these fats through the dormant period.
Reptiles that inhabit the Equatorial region and are classed as Tropical Species do not carry out the process of brumation because there is such a minimal shift in temperature over the twelve month period and food is plentiful they have enough natural heat and daylight to carry out their daily lives.
So we have Indonesian and Northern BTS that are per say tropical as the Northerns just fall into this category and all other BTS as temperate.
So that’s wild animals covered basic but to the point.
Totally off subject if you were from South America and went to live in Iceland you still would have to wrap up warm.
Now that the wild animal scenario is glossed over, we have to look at the animal that is inside your enclosure.
It is thought that temperate BTS have a genetic imprint within their DNA that tells them to brumate regardless, even If they are many generations removed from wild caught animals through captive breeding. Many temperate BTS owners facilitate this by mimicking wild conditions such as cutting back in food, daylight and heat. These animals brumate and thrive, as they would in the wild with these keeper imposed conditions. Keepers of Northern blue tongue skinks also brumate them even though they are technically tropical animals due to being equatorial albeit to a lesser and harsher regime.
From the above paragraph you will hopefully have worked out that even if the animal is from a temperate or tropical environment in the wild, the key and decision is with the keeper. Remember the guy who was from South America and has to wrap up in Iceland, exactly the same process.
Indonesian BTS in the wild do not brumate, fact because of what I have earlier stated. However when you take a tropical animal and drop the heat light and food in a Northern or Southern hemisphere environment for captive tropical animals they can slow down, adopt a trance like state or brumate slightly.
So when the question is does my Indonesian BTS brumate , there are a lot of factors to cover before you can give a definite answer.
I personally do not brumate my animals, but many do as they say just cool them down by reducing heat and daylight and food. There is nothing wrong with this process but I like to keep them at a tropical range 24/7 so I maintain all my husbandry parameters the same.
Some say they won’t breed if you don’t cool them down, but that’s another whole topic.
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