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    Blue tongue survey, help out please

    Just checking to see what you all think.


    1. How often does your Blue Tongue Skink poop?
    2. Is your Blue Tongue Skink a moody animal?
    3. Does your Blue Tongue Skink bask or hide more?
    4. Is your Blue Tongue Skink slow in the head?
    5. Is your Blue Tongue Skink a pickly eater?
    6. Do you provide UV for your Blue Tongue Skink?
    7. What kind of Blue Tongue Skink do you have?
    8. What is the Blue Tongue Skink' favorite food?
    9. Is your Blue Tongue Skink quite lazy?
    10.Does your Blue Tongue Skink sometimes refuse food for no reason?
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    1. How often does your Blue Tongue Skink poop? Daily
    2. Is your Blue Tongue Skink a moody animal? Definitley
    3. Does your Blue Tongue Skink bask or hide more? They hide about 80% of the time
    4. Is your Blue Tongue Skink slow in the head? I like to think they are retty sharp. smarter than my Bearded Dragon, thats for sure.
    5. Is your Blue Tongue Skink a pickly eater? Definitely
    6. Do you provide UV for your Blue Tongue Skink? Yes, but only in the form of florescent tubes.
    7. What kind of Blue Tongue Skink do you have? 2 Indonesians
    8. What is the Blue Tongue Skink' favorite food? Ground turkey in sweet potato babyfood
    9. Is your Blue Tongue Skink quite lazy? Yes
    10.Does your Blue Tongue Skink sometimes refuse food for no reason?Fairly often this time of year, i only offer food every 3rd day during the winter because they only pick at it.
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    thanks. My Blue Tongue Skink only poops about once per week, if that, but he had a stress poop yesterday while visiting Palaeomike's house and it had undigested collard's and liquid poop (the collards were fed the day before), and one today, which indicates that he has a 'poop on deck' that is from only a few days before...maybe I'm missing them and he burries them in his daily bluetongueness...Mine eats every other day USUALLY and eats about 90% of the food. Seems a bit fatter than he should be, but that's cause I'm used to slender skinks and fat ol' blueys are a new thing to me. Also, mine refuses to eat items that aren't veggies mixed with low fat wet cat food (still higher in fat than other normal items)... even then, he digs THROUGH mixed veggies and amazing (merrick) cat food to find most of the cat food and about 70% of the veggies, which are satisfactory. Seems grumpy, maybe IJ's are sensitive to pressure changes, as the temps haven't changed other than my closely observed proximity changes of heat lamp?

    Weird, eh?
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    Hmmm...i'd be a little worried about him only going once a week, mine are pooping machines. Does he bask? When Jack was spending all of his time in hiding he wasnt defecating at much....he's better about it now.
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    He basks when he feels like, every now and then. I'm playing around with the temps a bit, but it seems a few degrees too hot or cold whenever I do that. I'll just have to keep on sluggin'.

    He actually has only ever pooped once every 4 days max. He isn't constipated cause in his poops that he DOES do, there is traces of the veggies from the meal the previous day.
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    My female is trying to brumate for the winter but i'm not letting her this year because shes fighting a URI and I want her to stay warm. I'm keeping them nice and toasty right through the winter. My male has always been in perfect health so if he decides he wants to brumate i'll probably let him.
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    I think perhaps Blueberry might be trying to brumate, same as my fire skink (she's been very very mean lately). The symptoms are loss of apetite and less basking, right?
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    Yeah and an overall cruddy demeanor. Tequila doesn't really want to eat, or bask, or be touched or even come out of her cage (I leave the door open and she just stays curled up in the cool end of her cage sleeping.) She usually comes out for about 45 minutes right before the lights go off and paces around her cage but thats about it.
    Some people do a full on brumation where the cut off their heat and food and then let them sleep until march or april but I like to give my guys the option of eating 2 or 3 times a week and I have their basking light on as an option but I don't distrub them while they are hidden away except to poke them every few days to make sure they are breathing.
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    that sounds familiar. He hisses (that sneezing sound) at whoever comes near him, except me. Tends to crap ALOT more outside the cage. Doesn't bask at all that I see.

    Weirdly enough, Yesterday was a solid nice looking poop and today was gross diarrhea smeared ALL OVER the basking rock, which caked on nicely (ugh). Diarrhea seems to be more prevalent this last month or so, when I see poops, which is curious...one time had the previous days collard greens undigested. Had me worried but he produced a nice solid poop within days.

    I've never dealt with a brumator before, cept my fire skink who seems to want to do that right now too...suddenly turned bitey for no reason. Right now I've toned down the feedings a smidge, he doesn't eat much anyways. I'm gonna take off the 75 watt over his house to make it a bit cooler and see if his attitude changes. If it doesn't, I'm gonna move the 150 watt back to the roof of the cage (right now it's basically IN the cage, suspended too high for him to reach). Sound good?
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    Yeah it's worth a try, as long as they are happy and healthy then brumation is completely normal. i'm just stopping my girl because of her URI.

    Gotta love the poop paintings made by skinks. Disgusting messy things. They drive me insane because they like to run through it and destroy everything in their wake. I've found that banana makes for more solid bowel movments and squash, pumpkin and apples makes them alot more loose. as for the collared just be happy blueberry eats them, no matter how finely I mince mine the skinks pick around them.
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