Blue Tongue Skink Enclosure

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

On this comprehensive page, you’ll find the products we offer and advice for setting up the best blue tongue skink enclosure!

blue tongue skink basking on a rock in a Vision cage

Requirements for a Blue Tongue Skink Enclosure

Blue Tongue Skink Enclosure Size

Blue tongue skinks can grow to around 20 inches long from nose to tail. That being said, they’re pretty active, so they need adequate space to roam. The enclosure sizes we recommend are:

  • Baby to Juvenile: Model 211 Cage
  • Juvenile to Young Adult: Model 332 Cage
  • Adults of any size: Model 422 Cage

Want to see more enclosure options for reptiles? You can view all of our Vision Cages here!

Temperature Requirements for Blue Tongue Skinks

To replicate their natural habitat, you’ll need a cool, warm, and basking area in the cage. This helps your cold-blooded buddy regulate their body temperature.

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

Our cages have excellent heating and ventilation built-in for easy temperature control. You can easily regulate the cage temperature with a 1000-watt thermostat and probe.

Note: These temperature ranges may vary depending on your skink’s specific species.

Lighting

Captive reptiles need adequate UVA/UVB lighting to compensate for the lack of natural sunlight. Without UVA and UVB lighting, blue tongues are susceptible to calcium imbalances and other deficiencies.

You can bring your blue tongue outside to bask, but make sure it’s not at risk of running away or getting injured by other animals. If you can do it safely, natural UV rays will be very healthy for any reptile.

Humidity

We recommend maintaining internal humidity between 40-80%. It’s a wide percentage range because the level will depend on the specific species.

Species native to Australia will need lower levels than those from Indonesia, for example. Whatever the species, you can measure the humidity by placing a humidity gauge in the center of your animal’s cage.

Is humidity lower than the required percent? You can increase the level by spraying mist inside the cage twice a day (once in the morning and once at night).

We also offer specific substrates and misters to help you maintain the required humidity.

Substrate and Bedding

They spend virtually all their time on the ground, so the substrate is vital.

We offer a mold-resistant bark-based substrate that holds and releases moisture to maintain humidity. It also allows your skink to burrow underneath to hide or cool down.

NOTE: Check your substrate regularly. You may spot clean feces from the enclosure every day, but you shouldn’t have to replace the substrate for a few months.

Cage Accessories

blue tongue skink resting in a wooden log hide

Accessories will be necessary to recreate their natural environment. You won’t need to invest in any tree branches, but an elevated surface could be useful if your cold-blooded friend wants to bask in the heat.

For the ground level, we recommend that you include at least one form of a hide. Including hides and a deep substrate will put less stress on your blue tongue and help regulate its body temperature by resting in cooler areas.

We have a large selection of bowls, hides, and more. Browse all of our accessories and find what works best for your pet!

Additional Information for Blue Tongue Skinks

The Behavior of Blue Tongue Skinks

While some lizards are fit for climbing, the blue tongue is not. They are a terrestrial species, meaning they live on the ground. They use their thick bodies and short arms to burrow underneath the soil to avoid predators and intense heat.

Blue tongue skinks are one of the nicer, calmer lizards out there, so they’re very popular reptilian pets. They can be aggressive if need be, but they are very tame in captivity (under the right care).

And finally, what’s up with their blue tongues? They use this trait for defensive purposes. When threatened, they stick out their long tongues to intimidate and scare off attackers.

Brumation

During the cooler months, your skink may enter brumation, which is a process that slows down its metabolism. This will cause it to hide often and not eat, drink, or move for weeks at a time.

Even in a controlled environment, they may instinctually go through this phase. So, if your blue tongue is showing any of these signs, it doesn’t mean that it’s sick, it may just be in brumation.

Preferred Food for Blue Tongue Skinks

Blue tongue skinks are omnivores, so you can offer a diverse diet. In the image above, our friendly blue tongue, Ser, is enjoying his helping of leafy greens and fruits.

Here is a list of their favorite types of foods:

  • Vegetables
  • Insects
  • Fruits
  • Small animals (for adult skinks)

They’re not picky eaters, so many types of foods are fair game. However, according to Exotic Direct, here are some foods that are toxic to blue tongue skinks and should always be avoided:

  • Avocados
  • Onion
  • Eggplant
  • Rhubarb
  • Buttercups
  • Potatoes
  • Tulips

How to Properly Feed Your Blue Tongue Skink

Offer a healthy mix of vegetables and animal protein.

A juvenile’s diet should consist of small insects and vegetables every day. A healthy mix is about half and half, but you can’t go wrong feeding a few more fresh veggies. As an adult, you can feed your blue tongue larger insects, small animals, and a lot of leafy greens every 1 to 2 days.

For added nutrients, you may want a calcium supplement to dust on food. This isn’t always necessary, but it helps enhance the nutrients in your skinks diet.