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Average Size:6” Long
Sandfish Skinks are insectivores. Offer a variety of live insects including small crickets, small mealworms, small wax worms, and cockroach nymphs.
Baby Sandfish Skinks should be fed daily. Adults can be fed every other day. Dust food with calcium powder daily & a multivitamin once a week. Feed them the amount they will eat in 10 minutes.
Small groups of Sandfish Skinks can be housed in larger enclosures. Provide many hiding and basking areas to avoid territorial disputes. It is best to keep only 1 male Sandfish Skink per enclosure when females are present.
Single Sandfish Skinks can be housed in specialty reptile terrariums or 10 gallon aquariums with full screen tops, add 5 gallons by 20” is large enough for an adult, although it’s always a good idea to provide as much room as possible. Sandfish Skinks are terrestrial and prefer floor space over climbing area.
Acceptable substrates are ground walnut shell or sand. The main concern with walnut shell and sand is the possibility of impaction. If the Sandfish Skink consumes large amounts of the substrate, it could cause intestinal blockage. Ground walnut is the preferred substrate at the Reptiles City.
The Sandfish Skink’s native habitat includes North Africa and the Middle East. They are ground dwellers that prefer multiple hiding spots.
Sandfish Skinks need a basking spot of 95*F with an ambient temperature between 78*F-82*F. At night the temperature can drop as low as 75*F on the basking side and 70*F on the cool side.
Clean water should always be accessible in a small water dish. Be sure the water bowl cannot be tipped over.
Since this is a diurnal species, it requires 2 light bulbs. 1 is the heat lamp which also emits UVA. The 2nd is a UVB lamp. The UVB lamp will specifically say UVB on the box. If the box doesn’t say UVB, IT IS NOT UVB. PLANT AND FISH BULBS ARE NOT UVB BULBS.