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    Skink Behavior

    I was watching my Schneiders skink today in his enclosure, i had just made a few minor adjustments, after i was all finished he walked over to one of his basking sites laid out and sort of put his front legs up in the air behind him, i took this picture, It does'nt seem to be anything i should be worried about, but i want to make sure, also curious if anyone else has had skinks or other lizards do the same thing. It looks just like what he would do when burrowing, but why would he do it basking.
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    Re: Skink Behavior

    My monitors do it sometimes on the hotter parts of the basking site.
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    Re: Skink Behavior

    That would make sense, but would that mean the basking site is too warm, i monitor them with digital thermometer probes, but im worried maybe there's hotspots im missing with the probes
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    Re: Skink Behavior

    What could cause it as well is the rest of your tank is too cool so when they enter the basking area the difference in temp is too much to bear on the feet.
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    Re: Skink Behavior

    never thought about that one, i had just changed his tank up a bit, and his heat source is two lightbulbs, when he got put back into his tank it would make sense that the basking spots would heat up before the air in the tank. thank you. i'll have to keep an eye on it over the next few days, if it repeats i know ill have to change the heating up, i dont wanna burn the poor guys feet. if its just because his tank hadnt gotten a chance to warm up before he walked over to the basking spot this one time it should be okay, the bulbs have always seemed to do a good job heating everything in the tank. if not ill have to find alternative ways.
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    Re: Skink Behavior

    My iguana does that all the time.
    With them anyway it is just relaxing. They often sleeplike that.
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    Re: Skink Behavior

    My Leopard Geckos sleep like that all the time

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    Re: Skink Behavior

    My Leopard Geckos sleep like that, too, though they rest their front legs on the ground behind them rather than holding them suspended in the air. I would check the temp of that surface just to be sure it's right for the skink.
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    Re: Skink Behavior

    The iguana, Tegu, skink, Savannah monitor and geckoes all tend to do it when they are totally relaxing. But do keep an eye on your temps, sometimes it can indicate a problem. The skink here will even do it when she's laying on you just chillin'. Sometimes when she's out and about she will find a comfy spot and just lay like that and sleep until woken up.
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    Re: Skink Behavior

    It did weird me out a bit when i first saw it. The infrared spot thermometer i purchased has already proven its worth. Kinda makes me wonder why i never bought one before.
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