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 Fire skinks lighting and heating equipment?

Hello everyone!

I’m just about to have a fire skink couple, and I’m starting to install the terrarium. I would like to ask for recommendations according to the lighting and heating.

I will have a 90x40x40 cm terrarium of wood for the couple.
For substrate I thought some ExoTerra soil with coco fiber mixed with moss, and some orchid bark.
I want to put a bromelia inside, because as I read, they are very hardy so they won’t die because of the constant burrowing of the skinks. And I will place some rocks and logs, maybe driftwood inside.

But I’m in trouble with the lighting and heating. Could you please recommend what bulbs I should use? Or just write your opinions, what you people use, that would be a huge help too. And what do you think, should I have an undertank heater or not?

Thank you for the help in advance!

12/20/16  05:06am


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 Fire skinks lighting and heating equipment?

I think a 100 watt daytime and a 100 watt nighttime bulb will do the trick in addition to the UTH (on a thermostat, VERY important especially with species that like to burrow like fire skinks). There will be some variables like ambient temp in the room your skinks will be in, etc... If your room is warm, a 75 watt day and 50 watt night might be fine. You can also use a thermostat on your lights to help get your temps really dialed in.

03/21/17  04:07am


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  Message To: Cini   In reference to Message Id: 2320016

 Fire skinks lighting and heating equipment?

Be careful putting untreated wood of any kind in the tank. We had a piece of driftwood in there but took it out because they rarely climb except up your arm - LOL. Also, you cannot use any kind of spray or incense or smoke in the room with the skinks.
They are very sensitive to this. The substrate we use is called Natural Reptile Bark. It is 100% fir bark and mine loves it. We also mixed it with a softer bedding (not wood shavings) like you would use for mice or other rodent pets. We have had our African Fire Skink for almost 3-4 months. He is very healthy, make sure there is lots & lots of room to burrow because they will burrow from one side of the tank to the other. Ours does not like crickets (I think because they move away faster & ours can’t catch them), but he will eat his weight in meal worms (they move very slow so they have time to smell them and taste them). We clear out a spot (down to the bottom of the tank so the meal worms cannot burrow away also. Make sure you have some calcium powder to cover the worms with once a week with a feeding. You will be playing hide and seek every day trying to find them under the substrate. Try to handle them every day. Ours has such a funny personality. He has made a great pet.

12/12/17  09:44am

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