The pigmy spiny-tailed skink is occurring in the arid Western regions of Australia. It appreciates rocky crevices, abandoned galeries and hollow trunks. These lizards really enjoy sun bathing and they have a preferential corporal temperature of 36°C. They eat insects of adapted size. Their reproduction is viviparous with one to three babies every year after three to four months of gestation. Their maximum size is 117 mm SVL. Their small size and their natural habitat make them easy to keep in terrariums.
The blue tongue skink from Irian Jaya, an Indonesian island, is a species by itself and is different from the Australian species. Easy to keep and popular, it is, to my opinion, an ideal species to rear in terrariums. It is an omnivorous lizard that is easy to feed. However, it is important to vary the food supply unless the blue tongue skink will prefer some aliments and neglect others.
Take a Tiliqua gigas gigas, remove all the red pigmentaiton and you will get the anerythristic morph! This morph is imported as « Tiliqua gigas Silver » by sellers. It is a monogenic recessive mutation. These skins can be reared similarly to individuals with the wild type coloration.
It is a large subspecies of Tiliqua gigas, which total length can reach 60 cm. Its coloration is unique. Juveniles are born with similar color patterns than juveniles Tiliqua gigas with dark brown stripes over a light grey background. However, while they are growing, the dark bands faint and the colors change to more orange or blue hues. Older animals are olive green or yellowish with some black or brown speckles.
Tiliqua sp. « patternless »
This blue tongue skin is not a species by its own. According to information available ont he internet, this morph seems to have appeared in a Dutch breeding, from a litter of a cross between a Tiliqua scincoides intermedia and Tiliqua scincoides chimaerea. It shows this characteristic patternless coloration, without the darker stripes.
This subspecies is widely occurring in Eastern Australia. It is living in various environments even in suburbs gardens. This subspecies can adapt easily in terrariums.