Blue Tongue Skink Enclosure

Whether you need an enclosure for a Merauke, Indonesian, or Northern blue tongue skink, we have what you need!

This comprehensive guide offers advice for pet parents who want to set up the best blue tongue skink enclosure!

In This Guide

  • Enclosure Sizes
  • Temperatures
  • Humidity Levels
  • Lighting
  • Substrate
  • Decor and Accessories

Blue Tongue Skink Enclosure Set Up

blue tongue skink basking on a rock in a Vision cage

Blue Tongue Skink Enclosure Size

Blue tongue skinks are active ground dwellers that grow to around 20-25 inches long in adulthood.

Given their desire to roam, we recommend an enclosure volume of 100 gallons or more for adults. For younger blue tongues, you may not need a large enclosure just yet.

Here are three Vision Cages we recommend based on your skink’s age.

  • Baby – Juvenile: Model 211
  • Juvenile – Young Adult: Model 332
  • Any size Adult: Model 422

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Temperature for Blue Tongue Skinks

  • Cool End: 72°-78°F
  • Warm End: 86°-95°F
  • Basking Spot: 100°-102°F
  • Nighttime Temperature: 62°-70°F

Create a temperature gradient (cool, warm, and basking area) for the most comfortable enclosure. Then, easily regulate the temperatures with a 1000-watt thermostat and probe.

Keep in mind, that temperature preference may vary depending on your skink’s species. Contact us for more information.

Blue Tongue Skink Humidity

Keep an internal humidity between 40-80%.

This is a wide percentage range because it depends on the specific species. Those native to Australia will need lower levels than those from Indonesia, for example.

Whatever the species, measure the humidity with a humidity gauge in the center of the cage. You can also use certain substrates, misters, and water bowls to help retain moisture.

Is the humidity too low? Mist inside the habitat twice daily (once in the morning and once at night).

Blue Tongue Skink Lighting

Captive reptiles need adequate UVA/UVB light to compensate for the lack of natural sunlight.

The importance of a full-spectrum light cannot be overlooked, as your skink’s long-term health depends on it.

Without UVA and UVB, blue tongues are susceptible to ailments like behavioral problems, weak bones, and poor muscle function.

Blue Tongue Skink Substrate

We offer a mold-resistant bark-based substrate that holds and releases moisture to maintain humidity.

Blue tongue skinks spend virtually all their time on the ground, so a comfortable substrate is vital. Your skink will also need the ability to burrow underneath to hide or cool down.

Decor For Blue Tongue Skinks

Use decor and accessories to recreate their natural environment.

No need to invest in tree branches or hanging platforms, but a simple elevated surface is useful if your skink wants to bask near the heat.

For the ground level, include at least one hide, plants, water and food bowls, and a deep substrate.

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