Blue tongues skinks are not easily available at general pet shops that are around town. This is because they are either exported from the countries that are overseas such as Indonesia or are bought in the captive bred form. Most pet shops have wild captive Blue Tongued Skinks, which are not a good option to keep as pet in your homes especially if you have small kids at home. The one’s, which are captive breeds, are much more suitable for keeping as house pets. As they are far more well behaved then the wild ones and are slower and hence easier to take care of.
When you have decided that you want to get a Blue Tongued Skink as a pet, then getting a healthy one is very important. Apart from pet shops, you can check a number of other options including websites, ads in the newspapers, reptile shows and from those people who breed the reptiles privately. Due to the unavailability of captive breed in pet shops, internet becomes a faster and more accurate tool to search and buy a Blue Tongued Skink.
In order to look for healthy signs in a skink, the general and most important thing is the activeness of the skink. Even though the Blue Tongued Skinks are docile animals, they still in their healthy bodies are active and quite sharp. They are considered smart reptile pets and hence this can be noticed in the skinks as a sign of their good health.
The skink flicks out its tongue to actually smell the surrounding, which also shows their activeness. It must be noted that skinks, which appear to be tired, sleepy and less responsive, are not in the best of health and hence buying or adopting them should be avoided. A very good example is that even a very well behaved skink is sharp and looks about its surrounding in order to listen and react. The eyes of a healthy skink are sharp and clear along with them having clean nostrils.
Through online buying, personal inspection cannot be done. The buyer can and must ask for the pictures of the Blue Tongued Skink. Asking questions about the diet, age and even general behavior is also of the same importance. This information will let you know about the exact type and nature of the skink you are buying. Ask for as many pictures as possible, and especially in day light and in a room’s light to get the exact shape and color of the skink as lighting and flashes have different impact on showing the image of the skink. A dull skink may appear glossy and vibrant in a flashy picture.