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Fire Skink Care Sheet

Scientific Name: Riopa fernandi

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Statistics

Estimated Size: 11" to 14"
Natural Location: Western Africa
 

Distribution Map

Map of Frilled Dragon Natural Habitat
 
Captive Care Information
 

Food & Water

Fire Skinks are carnivorous, eating a variety of insects. Offer them crickets, mealworms, butterworms, silkworms, locusts and any other insect of similar size. Make sure the insects are gut loaded with nutritional food, and dusted with a calcium or multi-vitamin supplement. Always provide your Fire Skink with a medium-depth dish of water for bathing and drinking, changed and cleaned daily.

Lighting, Temperature & Humidity

Provide your Fire Skinks with a heat gradient ranging from 76 degrees F to 85 degrees F, with a basking spot reaching 90 degrees F. Keep the daytime lights on a 12 hour cycle. At night, drop the temperature to between 70 degrees F to 75 degrees F. Use full spectrum flourescent lighting as well, providing your Skinks with the needed UVB rays. Use incandescent lighting or a ceramic heat emitter to provide the heat.

Housing

Fire Skinks like to hide, so you will need to provide them with plenty of places to do so. A single Fire Skink can live comfortably in a 3' x 1.5' x 1.5' enclosure. Make sure to provide them with lots of branches and plant life, either real or fake. These guys also like to burrow, so provide a container with some dampened moss.

 
 
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