Just some tips on socializing your Blue Tongue Skink. “indonesian blue tongue skink care” “blue tongue skink” "blue tongue lizard"
No, no, no.
If you obtained an Indo.
Do not Leave them alone for days to weeks.
A lot Indo's are WC (wild caught). So if your new skink does have parasites, mites, an illness, or stuck shed around their feet you do not want to overlook these things.
You need to be able to monitor your lizard. You need to bond with your skink. Starting out you might only spend 10 to 15 minutes a day with your new Indo. That gives them at least 23 hours and 45 minutes to themselves every day.
The acclimation (bonding) time is getting to know you, this is crucial.
I see this all the time owners leave their skinks alone. The acclimation period is up.
2 weeks have passed and you are getting hissed at and are scared of getting bit.
Your skink is now confused when you could have used your time better by getting to know one another.
Every experience needs to be a positive experience for your new pet.
You need them to associate you with food and safety.
Sounds silly, but use a plastic baby spoon and spoon feed them to start with. Hand feed them if you can.
I do not recommend feeding within the enclosure. Feedings can be intimate. This will be a good opportunity to pet them. Give your Indo stroke or two on their back. Talk to them every time you do something with them.
Hides can be your friend. Offer more than one hide. It can take the stress off of them coming out and being seen.
A reptile that has more places to go may feel better about being out in the open, knowing that they do have somewhere to get away to.
Be confident in your handling. If you are nervous, then your lizard may be nervous. Be Patient.
A Skink who isn't familiar with you is gonna be stressed.
So Handling, huh?
Do not reach overhead as they may think you are a predator.
Pick them up from the side or from underneath, making sure you support the belly.
If Indo is hissing, puffing or showing their tongue, what do I do?
Give them a stroke on the back.
When you touch them and they learn you are not a predator, then it will desensitize their fears. These guys seem aggressive, but that's not the case. You are witnessing fear. The more times you can put your hands on and touch your skink, the faster they will realize that you mean no harm.
Use the grab of confidence, meaning just go ahead and pick them up.
9 times outta 10 times, they will calm down right away and you will essentially have a puppy with scales in your hands, licking everything they can lick.
Acknowledging your skinks intelligence, is not the same as
Anthropomorphizing your skink.
Anthropomorphize is basically viewing your pets as little humans.
However they are not dumb, which irritates me every time I hear it.
We tend to base an animals intelligence on how well they can perform human task. Like a Dog catching a Frisbee.
Just like a dog can recognize voices, so can your Indo.
As long as they are not starving they can let you know what foods they like and dislike. These are signs of intelligence. I am not claiming that they are the brightest crayon in natures box, but they are far from dumb.
I talk to Ramone all of the time. I do not get hissed at. My daughter talks to Ramone and she doesn't get hissed at.
My wife on the other hand... LOL.
No they will not understand you or take commands, but they do recognize tones and the pitches of your voice.
Super Hissy, Puffy, Bitey, Is what you may here about Indo's or Wild Caught's.
This could not be futher from the truth.
Here Ramone is sitting on my arm,
Cooler than a Cucumber.
Here is the Truth, these lizards make some of the best pets in the world.
A lot of their attitude, depends on their owners. Without correct Husbandry, you may never reach true socialization. Without putting in the work, you may never reach the kind of bond that you want with your skink.
However, Anyone can have a great relationship with their Indo.
There is nothing more rewarding (Excluding my wife & kids) than a Reptile that does not mind being around you.
How may you achieve this?
You must provide good Husbandry.
You must put in the Time.
The more time that you put in, the better you both will be. Every interaction must be positive.
Here Ramone is doing his favorite thing, burrowing in his comforter.
He has his own full size comforter and has played, burrowed, gotten petted, and napped in this thing since I have had him. It never fails, he can be on the floor. If he spots his blankey then that is where he heads off too.
I dunno what your BTS will like but if you spend enough time with them, you will discover whatever that one thing is.
That one thing, no matter what it may be will become part of their safe space. You will then have countless positive interactions.
Yes, you will at some time get pooped or urinated on. It's just part of owning reptiles.
You will want to make sure you have a mop, paper towels, bath towels, a wet rag, non-scented baby wipes and a change of clothes....LOL.
It happens. I keep non-scented baby wipes near by to wipe Ramone off after eating or if he urinates.
You don't really need everything I mentioned but you will at some point use some of the mentioned items.
Just keep clean up in mind.
It sucks, I know. Here's what to look out for. Your skink will flatten out, sometimes maybe even posture up towards the front. The butt will be on the ground though. They will arch their tail at the base and then they will spread eagle. No shame what so ever... LOL. Then it happens, as if they have a built in water gun back there.
Just clean it up.
Do not make a big deal out of it.
Here's how going to the potty ties in with socialization.
Keep them out, Do not put them away but long enough to change if you get sprayed.
What happens when you put them up, is that they learn a new behavior. They learn that if they urinate, they may get put back.
With this being said, I rarely get pee'd on anymore.
If you have the time, put them where you want them to potty at, right after eating.
Also give them some time after taking your skink out of their enclosure on non feeding days. This will help you to not get pottied on.
Within these pages you can learn what you need in order to have a Happy & Healthy Indonesian Blue Toungue Skink.
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