The Caramel Northern is from mother Trouble (RIP) and father Jenga. He was born on June 10 and had a rough start in life, but now seems just as healthy and active as any of the other babies. I’m still trying to work out what exactly will happen with this baby.
2016 BLUE TONGUE SKINKS – YEAR OF THE MONKEY
2016 was a bit of an off year here at ME. We had 3 litters of Northerns born, but ended up holding onto most of them. They ended up sleeping through my move and the entire winter, and have grown slowly but steadily since waking up. I would love to keep most of these beautiful yearlings, but they need to move onto better homes where they can be properly loved and spoiled.
About the yearlings:
– There is no easy way to tell what gender a blue tongue is, so all yearlings are sold as unsexed. If you absolutely must know the sex it may be possible to test at the vets using a new method, but it will likely cost an extra $100 or so to check. Usually I recommend just picking a gender randomly, or using a gender neutral name.
– Blue tongue skinks should never be together unsupervised, especially with new owners. To prevent people from trying to house multiple skinks together I generally will not sell multiple animals to people I do not already know well.
– The yearlings are currently eating once or twice a week, and are currently about half the size of a full grown skink. If fed more often they will bulk up quickly and be full size in no time. Their main diet right now is wet dog food with veggies mixed in, and a calcium + D3 or vitamin supplement on most meals. Over the year these guys have tried a huge variety of foods including whole prey (insect and f/t rodent), quail eggs, all sorts of proteins and fruits, and so on. I recommend a fairly protein heavy diet while they continue to grow, with more vegetables added once they have reached full size.
– They are currently living on aspen shavings mixed with spaghnum moss. Northerns usually do well on any substrate.
– These guys have been handled regularly since birth, so are quite used to being manhandled. They are often jerks while in their bins (they seem to think everything should be eaten), but once picked up they calm down quickly for me. I am hoping they go to homes where they get out of their enclosures more often than I am able to take them out.
– Some of these yearlings have been climbing the walls of their enclosures and have slight bends in their back, or have had mouth gunks (food or substrate stuck on mouth) that have been cleared up. These do not effect their health or breeding ability, I simply want to be transparent about any oddities.
Litter 2016-1: Caramel Northerns – Parents: Trouble (RIP) x Jenga – Born June 10, 2016
Sadly, my caramel northern female Trouble passed away while giving birth to two babies, only one of whom survived. This baby appears very healthy now, but due to it’s rough start and possible signs of MBD early in life I am not considering it viable for breeding. This animal will only be available to an approved pet-only home, and I have no problem with keeping it here. This animal is priced at about $300 plus shipping, to approved pet-only home only.
Litter 2016-2: Northerns – Parents: Evita x Wasp – Born June 15, 2016
My best producing pair produced a stunning litter here, with a beautiful assortment of looks. Some babies are extremely dark, or extra speckled, or wonderfully high-contrast. It’s been a pleasure to watch these animals start to get their adult colours and I will be sad to see them go. Priority for these animals goes to breeders in Canada and the USA who have been asking about dark-line animals. These yearlings are priced at $450 each plus shipping.
Litter 2016-3: Northerns – Parents: Hank x Jenga – Born September 1, 2016
This much anticipated litter included some stunningly pale and bright coloured babies (the father is a caramel northern, and the mother is a light coloured classic northern). The four yearlings still here have grown into beautiful animals, and it will be hard to let any of them go. These yearlings are priced at $500 each plus shipping.