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Posted by LisaOKC on December 10, 2002 at 23:34:01:
In Reply to: Re: Similar to a five lined skink? posted by Ingo on December 09, 2002 at 01:12:02:
Thanks for all the responses, upon further study, I think this was a five lined skink. I really didn't get a good look at the lizard in my daughter's class until it was dead. My daughter who has observed our skink and the one at school swore that something was different. The skink at school clearly had the blue tail although it was a lighter blue than the one we have, but I found web pages that showed an adult female skink that had the same color of blue (not that monitors are always accurate). Does anyone know where a five lined skink could be purchased for less than $30.00. We've found one locally but the class is on somewhat of a budget. and we may want to make a better setup. They had the skink for maybe 3-4 weeks and it seemed fine, but they found it dead one morning.
They had a lamp with a bulb over the aquarium and I wonder if it got too hot since it was a pretty small aquarium. I don't know what the wattage of the bulb was. There is also a problem at school with janitors unplugging things. The skink we have at home, we found in our yard as a tiny baby. He has grown quite a bit and seems fine. I have a 4 inch substrate of bedabeast and reptibark. I don't have any extra heat sources, but the house stays in the high 60s or low 70s most of the time. Should I have a heat pad under the critter keeper? He seems fine, but I don't know as much about lizards. I've got baby box turtles and have a heat pad under their tank. Sorry to ramble, just trying to learn more about these guys.
Also, is there any one characteristic that differentiates a skink from a lizard?
:Hm...somewhat cryxptic your text.Of course all skinks are lizards but not all lizards are skinks.
:There are many many skink species which look very similar to five lined skinks.
:But maybe you are referring to holaspis guentheri
:Keep in mind that these are arboreal rainforest dwellers!