It's so funny because I read everyone's posts, and care sheets and Blue Tongues (especially Northern's) are considered the "puppy dog" of reptiles. But, like usual, I get a grumpy one! So I have been leaving him alone all week, just going in to feed him, change his water, and tidy his tank up.
He still breathes pretty heavy when I am in there messing around but really just puffing. I haven't tried to pick him up since he displayed his beauty of a tongue at me, so I think I am ready.
Has anyone here actually been bitten by their adult Blue Tongue Skink? I love reptiles and I have had an assortment growing up but I am actually a bit nervous (sshhh don't tell anyone). I'm sure he'll still be a bit grumpy when I pick him up, with lots of hissing and puffing. I just want to make sure that this is normal and they generally won't bite unless they give all the warning signs.
I think the number 1 thing that is making him mad is the new sliding doors on the tank. He is so used to being approached from above that now we are reaching in at eye/mouth level.
Oh well I really wanted a Blue Tongue Skink because they are a good reptile to interact with, so the sooner I show him that I am not here to hurt him the sooner I can have my "puppy dog". Regardless, he is eating great, basking, burrowing, doing everything a Blue Tongue Skink does, so I don't think I should delay much longer.
Wish me luck,
the big wimp!