The information on the BambooZoo site is as much as 10 years old and in the hobby much has been learned. Though, I believe there is merit in keeping the site open. There are many controversial issues presented in these pages. Please view BambooZoo as a starting point in your research.
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BLUE TONGUE SKINK
My Northern Blue tongue is an awesome girl with a very gentle attitude. Very easy to please with a variety of fruits and soft veggies, worms and even high quality cat food, chicken, etc. She will stay at her bowl for a half hour fighting and killing worms as she attempts to kill them prior to swallowing. And as their name implies their tongues are a beautiful thing that they will show often. Very curious when experiencing new situations and adaptable to changes in surroundings.
My own has lived in cohabitation settings since shortly after arrival without incident. A few tongue flicks and she tends to just mozy on by bulldozing her way through. Cage mates learned fairly easily to accept this by avoidance; using taller narrower cage furniture, acceptance; remaining in place or moving an inch or two over. Eventually she did have to be separated from the rock iguana who grew more food aggressive. Blueys take their time enjoying their meals unlike most of their reptilian kin who inhale food at an incredible rate.
She shares her space with a bearded dragon who has lived with her for 2 years. She does get frustrated by glutinous behaviour when worms and crickets are fed. By the time she has gotten one superworm down the beardie has eaten a dozen. And she is definately not a talented cricket catcher. To counter this she has her own food bowl placed in first. She eats an incredible variety and loves very ripe fruit. Peaches are one of her favourites. Though fruit in moderation is required.
Blue Tongues love to bury themselves in the substrate. I can't imagine how much they would be missing out on not having a deep substrate to dig in. Bluey loves when I throw in leaves for her to play in.
She lived in cohabitation settings for the first 6 years of her life. The bearded dragon until it left (Tangerine), followed by the Plated Lizard. She then had a period of living alone for about 3 months and since has become more assertive about her space. Never violent but bullying. She has a 120 gallon environment to herself these days. Again she arrived at the age of 2 through the service that provided crickets to us. A change of direction in life brought her and another which I did not have the room to house adequately and found him alternative lodgings within 3 months. This is also how the wood turtle came to be here. No health issues to date.
There is no need for me to attempt to offer a caresheet on Blue Tongues. There is an awesome site available with great details offered. http://bluetongueskinks.net/care.htm#ambience
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