For our Friday post we have one of our adult female Halamehera Blue-tongue Skinks. (Tiliqua gigas gigas)
We hope this is a female at least, as she’s yet to be proven. For example her body type and behaviour lead us to believe this is a female. Next year she will be paired with a guaranteed male. After that we’ll have a better idea.
Here’s hoping next year we’ll be fortunate enough to have a litter of beautiful baby Blue-tongues to fuss over. 😁♥️🦎
This is an older picture of one of our (hopefully) female Merauke Blue-tongue Skinks (Tiliqua gigas evanescens). She’s larger these days and her colors has become nicer with age. Time to get new pictures. 😊♥️
This is one of our yearling Blue Tongue Skinks (Tiliqua gigas evanescens). This particular locals is from Merauke, a regency in Papua Province, Indonesia. Merauke covers an area of 44,071 km2. We have a few of these beautiful animals growing up here at DHR. Hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to pair these animals in the coming seasons.
Blue Tongues have become more popular is the last few years. We’ve only started keeping this species recently, and must admit we regret not doing it sooner. They’re easy to care for, have relatively simple diet.
I was checking over the animals last night and decided to take a quick look at some of our Blue Tongue Skinks (Tiliqua gigas evanescens). This is one of several animas that are in brumation. This Merauke locality animal was wide awake when I took the picture. However, most of the Blue tongues will remain asleep if I quietly open the enclosure.
This season will be our firs attempt at breeding Blue Tongue Skinks. We have a couple of different localities that we’re working with. Of the animals we’re working with, none of them are proven. Therefore, we’re not 100% confident on their sexes. Why do you ask? Because Blue Tongues are known to be difficult to sex visually, and they only offer subtitle clues in their physical characteristics. Although we do have a pretty good idea of the sexes we have, only time with tell with either successful copulation, reproduction, a male everting his hemipenis. Perhaps a female will produce infertile ova, which witch will also be an obvious indicator of sex. At any rate, this is very much a learning experience for us here at DHR, but we have plenty of time to see how things work out. 🙂