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Birdman13
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 I injured a five banded skink

I was at work and was weed eating an area against a building after I had mown. I missed it with the mower (thank God) but the weed eater line whacked its head and ripped a little skin (I was able to realign it as best as I could) and its eye is ruptured (as in gone). I immediately stopped weed eating, picked it up and my reaction was "dummy!" Man I felt so bad afterwards. I washed it off, reassured it that I wasn’t going to harm it (Irony, I know, I know) and I sat it in the seat of the Gator. I go back to finish up and come back and the little stinker’s on the ground trying to warm up LOL. Anyway I brought it home, gave it a little shelter, and I have a new pet. Any ideas/suggestions for treating the damaged eye?



09/03/14  09:39pm

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  Message To: Birdman13   In reference to Message Id: 2309403


 I injured a five banded skink

Just don’t get it infected and I’m pretty sure its fined lined skink ok?? If you need anything else just tell me and I’ll probably know the answer if not I’ll get you some help



09/04/14  07:12am

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  Message To: Birdman13   In reference to Message Id: 2309403


 I injured a five banded skink

Stress of being taken from the wild may do more harm than good, but if you’re set on helping the guy out keep these things in mind:

Try to keep dirt out of the wound. Papertowel is the easiest substrate for that. Saline solution will also help keep the wound clean. Lizards are Remarkable healers, so if you just keep the wound looking good it should heal up on its own. You can optionally use betadine, but I’ve never used it on lizards smaller than 6 inches and think it’d cause too much stress in the moment. You also shouldn’t put betadine anywhere near the face.

Skinks have to have hiding places. Leaflitter is the best way to give it what it needs. If you somehow lack leaf litter, a slap of bark, few sticks and bush trimmings will work, too. Just stay away from soft wood, like pine or cedar, as that’s toxic to reptiles. Don’t hold back on messing up the cage. That’ll lower stress.

Also don’t be too dismayed if the skink up and dies. Lizards can and will pretend they’re fine up until death’s door like the champs they are.



I, too, have hit reptiles with the weed whacker, and completely understand your pain. The first garter snake I hit just about brought me to tears because I didn’t see it until it was too late.



09/04/14  10:25am

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  Message To: KrazyKelli   In reference to Message Id: 2309429


 I injured a five banded skink

Yes stress is true but I know everything about this type of lizard ALMOST



09/04/14  10:36am

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  Message To: Birdman13   In reference to Message Id: 2309403


 I injured a five banded skink

Don’t beat your self up about it...its not like you meant to do it it was an accident. Just keep the would clean like krazykelli said



09/04/14  11:41pm

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  Message To: Takahiro111   In reference to Message Id: 2309456


 I injured a five banded skink

Yey



09/05/14  07:24am


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