Blue Tongue Skink Diet In Depth – Ep. 79

Blue Tongue Skink Diet In Depth – Ep. 79


Hey guys! Today I’m going over 8 components to my
blue tongue skink feeding plan that multiple generations of fantastically healthy blue
tongues like this little one here have been raised and thrive on! Yes part of the diet includes dog food but
not all so don’t miss out on this info! Welcome to ReptileMountain.TV a channel dedicated
to evidence based reptile keeping where opinion is not fact. I’m TC Houston a former professional AZA
zookeeper and current skink breeder. Let’s dive straight in to this skink feeding
program. The first component is foundational. I have two staple elements. If you’ve watched my other videos this will
be no surprise. They are…..drum roll please…. High quality grain free wet dog food for adults
and high quality grain free wet cat food for babies. Now I know that some folks are literally in
full on freak out mode right now because dog food is for dogs and cat food is for cats. Neither is “fresh” and neither is natural! Ahhhhhh. Breathe…. Breathe….. So let me start with the fact yes fact that
NOTHING in captivity is NATURAL. Period. Everything has been affected by captivity,
from birth to death and everything in between including behavior, physiology, genetics,
psychology, fecundity, fertility, nutrition, yes all of it…has been…. and is influenced
by captivity to some extent. Some things more than others but all of it
in some fashion. And yes yes yes we can and should try to do
our best to recreate an as natural as possible experience within reason. And as far as freshness goes they eat carrion
and other animals turds. So the idea that in nature they somehow live
at Whole Foods munching on crickets and meal worms in back room and the snack their way
through the produce isles is a bit misguided to say the least. Now I’ve already published a video on why
dog food is superior to homemade mixes I call “homebrew” so please go check that out
right now…but be sure to come back for the good stuff ahead in this video! Bottom line, dog food is formulated with whole
prey items for an omnivorous like vertebrate. Our blue tongues happen to be omnivorous vertebrates. Dog food is the result of actual research
aimed at providing a balanced diet for the animals. Dog foods have specified amounts of calcium,
fiber, plant material, amino acids, minerals, and proteins that are far more exact than
the loosy goosy 50:40:10 percentages with a little sprinkle of calcium here and there
hoping everything balances out that has been promoted in the past. So, here is the evidence based truth. Animals fed dog food (high quality grain free
that is) are overall healthier, more active, and generally live longer. That is actually a fact not an opinion. We as keepers must overcome our anthropomorphic
default and get past the idea that “fresh equals nutritional and crickets is somehow
natural.” As some of you may already know science says
we look at the results and form an objective conclusion not a conclusion that is molded
by our expectations. Therefore, we look at what works best not
just what feels best to us. If something else new comes along great! we
can certainly experiment and give that a try. Why grain free? Simply put, the theory here is that grain
provides little or no nutritional value to blue tongues and if you have 13 oz of food
per can, a grain free option will have more nutritional components than one filled with
grain in the same 13 oz. What is high-quality? Well that’s a flexible term really. I view high quality as dog foods that have
a good track record aka few or no recalls, quality reviews, and the ingredients appear
to align well with the skinks needs rather than full of starches and filler items such
as potatoes, rice etc. Opps I almost forgot why cat food? I feed young omnivores (aka our blue tongues)
cat food as opposed to dog foods because of it’s higher concentration of animal proteins. Plant and animal proteins are different and
affect growth, development, and hormone levels in different ways. Young skinks are usually born during a season
where more animal based proteins are available and some evey say those food items abundant
during baby season. I raise all my animals on cat foods until
they are 6-12 months old depending on individual growth and development. I do not power feed and keep a close eye on
weight to ensure they stay lean yet nutritionally cared for. One last thing about cat food. There are folks that worry about taurine in
cat food. Taruine is a sulfur based amino acid that
is found 100% naturally in animal muscles especially in the heart. It also happens to be water soluble meaning
that during cat food production the natural taruine in the meats is washed away and the
cat food companies add it back into the food once processing is complete because it is
critical to cat eye and mental health among other things. There is zero evidence anywhere, not in vet
journals, vet manuals, anywhere that states taruine is bad for skinks other than an uncited
mention on an internet care sheet. All my animals and the animals of many other
breeders are thriving from being fed cat foods their first year. Component number two: Its all about the ingredients. Not just any dog food will do. Well at least for my animals that is. I look for brands and flavors that have good
calcium to phosphorus ratio (for more on that check out my calcium and supplements video
here) I look for foods that have a variety of animal protein sources and also have identifiable
vegetation in the ingredients. I mean they actually list things a lay person
would recognize as real veggies… for example here are some ingredients in one of the foods
I feed: Turkey, Turkey Liver, Egg, Apple, Apricot,
Alfalfa Meal, Artichoke, Blueberry,, Carrot, Chicory Root, Cranberry, Kelp, Parsley, Pumpkin,
and Rosemary This is just an example of course. And there are other ingredients as well these
are just what i wanted to highlight. As I mentioned a minute ago You will want
to avoid starchy items such as potatoes which can affect the phosphorus levels in the food
as well as seafoods because some fish have high levels of mercury your skink might not
do well with. However fish oils have proven to be a non
issue. Component number 3. Added vegetation. I don’t not feed wet dog food exclusively
its a foundation yes but not the only thing. I do incorporate vegetation and vegetables
into their dog food. As far as vegetation goes I typically feed,
turnip greens, dandelion greens, summer squash, spaghetti squash, pumpkin, green beans, and
sometimes zucchini. Most blue tongues aren’t avid veggie eaters
on their own. Thus I have two methods for adding these components
to the food. The first method is organic baby food. Some of the veggies I just listed are available
in pure organic baby food form, specifically the squashes. I will simply add 25% baby food to the dog
food and stir it in depending on the consistency of the dog food I’m using. I will use it as a topper on already mushy
dog foods and I’ll stir in in well for more thick foods. The other method is to finely dice the greens
and stir them in to the dog foods, again mixed at a 25% veg to 75% dog food ratio. Why add more vegetation if dog food already
has some? Well, dog foods are rich in so much good stuff
and that is wonderful…..but too much of a good thing can also be bad. Many captive reptiles develop fatty liver
issues when fed too much rich foods over long periods of time. So to ensure the leanness of their overall
nutritional program I basically dilute the rich food with a bit of lean vegetation. Component number 4. Commercially available omnivore diets. The bursting growth in the blue tongue skink
community has birthed two commercially available omnivore/blue tongue diets that I certainly
use in my nutrition program. The first one and one of my favorites is Omni
Gold Earth Pro Gold by Arcadia. I’ve done an entire review video on this
product here so go check that out later if you’d like. This product has a great variety of items
that are sourced naturally and provide a cocktail of nutrition to your skinks. At this very point in time due to some USDA
licensing issues it is only available through Canada. The link will be in the description. The other diet is Repashy Superfoods’ Bluey
Buffet. This is a insect based omnivore food that
does well to entice picky eaters and aids well in hydration. I use this product for animals looking a bit
dry as a good portion of this food when fed as directed is actually water which is a good
thing. Component number 5. Dry foods. On occasion I will feed super rich dry cat
food or freeze dried raw dog food for animals that need an additional boost of protein or
sustenance. Many times this can be animals that lost more
weight that expected during brumation, pregnant females, or postpartum females who didn’t
eat much during gestation. I will provide a bowl with this kibble for
them the first 3 days of the week and then take it away for 3 days before wet food feeding
day so ensure they hadn’t just eaten before wet food feeding time. Component number 6. Variety is the spice of life and the key to
success with opportunistic omnivore generalists like our blue tongues. Therefore, I rotate the type of vegetation,
brand, and type of dog food on a weekly basis. Those veg items I listed off above I do not
feed all at once but rather maybe turnip greens and dog food brand A one week and then spaghetti
squash and dog food brand b the next week. Then I might add frozen thawed apple snails
mixed in with a commercial diet the next week and then just dog food Brand C the last week
and then mix it up again. The key work here is variety. Mix it up y’all. I know it might feel simpler to feed the everything
medley every time and check that variety block but the animals might get bored with it. I recommend having at least two or three brands
and types of foods to rotate through as well as (once your animal is grown) having two
or three or more vegetation types to incorporate. Also, Its a good idea to sign up for the dog
food advisor’s email list just in case a brand you chose has an issue. I will put the link in the description as
well. You can always check my website for what brands
I use or check the kit.com link again in the description below. Component number 7. Amount and frequency. My general rule of thumb is to feed a portion
1 to 2 times the size of the individual animals head. Therefore, smaller animals have smaller heads
so smaller portions. Bigger animals have bigger heads so bigger
portions. Adults are fed weekly, juveniles vary from
every other day to twice a week depending on weight and growth. Newborns get fed everyday for their first
month of age. For a generalized idea on frequency based
on age check out my care sheet (there is a link in the description below). Also i should note that I do not add vegetation
to cat foods or to food fed to animals under 1 year of age because they do better on high
animal protein as I mentioned earlier. Well that was long! Before you go please watch another one of
my videos or hit that subscribe button and thank you patrons for being the best supporters
around! Im TC Houston and remember opinion is not
fact!

100 Replies to “Blue Tongue Skink Diet In Depth – Ep. 79

  1. I feed mine blue tongue food by vetafarm which has a lot of the vitamins it needs and put vegetables and fruit on the side

  2. Hey T.C., everything I've found on pink tongue skink diet says they eat snails and slugs in the wild and I was wondering because in the local supermarket I found cans of escargot with shells and was wondering if that could be used as a staple?

  3. I've been feeding mostly kitten food to my 1 month old irian jaya when should I start mixing in baby food squash and other greens?

  4. Well we weren’t the first to watch (time difference and all) but Joey’s face this morning was priceless. “I’m a Joey G from Australia!!”
    Thank you so much TC for the info and the shout-out 🙂 still waiting for our little skunk to be born but getting more and more prepared.
    From Joey “TC you are awesome and I am learning the good things to do for my lizard. You ROCK!”

  5. Hi TC, how about the Vetafarm Herpavet Lizard Food? I think it is also for blue tongue skink, but did not see any review yet.

  6. the only things my skink will ever eat is omelettes and when i take him out he crawls around the road and eats road kill when I am not looking but for some reason he ignores the emu meat dog food I give him. how do i make him less picky?
    send help please he ate the guts of a old kangaroo corpse and now he stinks of rotting carrion is there any soap I can use to make him stink less?

  7. Why cat food up to 12 months then dog food? Can't a baby northern blue tongue skink handle the dog food? Do they feed everyday?

  8. I don’t know why mine won’t eat. He’s almost 6 months old and he’s only eaten about 3 times in the past 3 or 4 weeks. I have four different flavors and 3 brands of wet cat food, Bluey Buffet, and some worms and I just can’t get him to eat. He hasn’t been coming out much either. Temps are good and he doesn’t look like he’s lost weight

  9. Another great video 🙂 I am working hard to make sure I give my northern BTS Dobby A varied diet. The animals at my house eating much better than I do 🙂 could you do a video on how to tell if your skink is under or over weight? Is there a chart that gives an outline such as if your skink is 15 inches long it should weigh…Grams. Thanks for all your great information.

  10. How well does dog food freeze? I don't like getting big cans of food because I only have 1 skink. I've been feeding Crave, because it comes in small portions, but I would like to add another brand, but don't want it going bad before I can feed it all. He also gets Bluey Buffet every 3rd feeding, and either roaches or ZooMed snails between feedings.

  11. What an incredible video!! It's a shame seeing so many people believe 60% leafy greens is a healthy ratio because they are too scared of the stigma of prepared dog food. Talking about your practices and why you use different options is so enlightening and invaluable !!

  12. I Have a skink, My first Skink since September and it's giving so much anxiety cuz she doesn't want to eat. She eats a tiny bit and some live food. I know this because she poops, because is barely noticeable if she eats or not!!
    I freaking out a lil bit!
    I tried dog food/cat food, fruit, berries, veggies, collards, canned snails, bee pollen!! Superwoms and cockroaches is what I live feed. I'm now looking for silkworms because they are super nutritious.
    She is in a 200L enclosure, 32 to 35C on the basking spot, 60 to 80% humidity.
    I think I've been following all your tips. You think repashy would entice her to eat? Or should I just keep going trying a lil bit of everthing?
    Thank you so much for your videos, I learned a lot…. A LOT… From you!

    PS. She's an Indonesian BTS and it's a Juvenille, feeding every 3 days. Just FYI 😉

  13. I fed my blueys a mix of dog food, baby food and greens, sometimes I throw in a raw egg as a treat. Is it necessary to increase the amount of greens? I’ve been trying to increase the veggie portion over protein but whenever I add more greens my extremely picky 3yo eastern will not touch it. Any idea to get him to accept veggies without being enticed with fruit? Neither pet store near me sells repashy so I can’t use that.

  14. Thank you for going over the whole "natural" issue. I hear so many people give their opinion on certain things and try to pass off this opinion as fact by saying "it's more natural". For instance, a tank vs a tub (neither of those are natural), type of decor in the enclosure (your animal really doesn't care as long as it serves its purpose well), and of course diet. You'll even see this in human nutrition, like the people touting "paleo-diets" as being "more natural" and therefore implying that it's superior. Sure, paleolithic humans were not eating bread or corn on the cob, but guess what? They weren't eating broccoli, seedless watermelons, or beef either. It's also worth mentioning their average lifespan was 25 or so. Pretty much any food you buy at the supermarket, regardless of whether it is organic or GMO, has been selectively bred for hundreds to thousands of years in order to be more suitable for us. If you look at wild counterparts to our produce (assuming one still exists), you will find that they will have much smaller fruits, many more seeds, and not taste as good. So if you try to feed your skink certain foods because "it's more natural", you're kidding yourself.

  15. hi love the video!! been feeding my skink according to your guidelines and i have a few questions. does the type of meat in dog food matter? like chicken vs beef, venison vs turkey, etc. also are collard greens okay to feed?

  16. BLUE TONGUE SKINKS ARE SOOO CUTE AND FUN 😂😂😂🦎

    Insta-leopard_geckobreeder

    I rescue Leo’s and I have s few left that really need homes

  17. Man it is so good to see your skinks eat! The ones I got (rescued from someone) are so picky it just makes me go mental sometimes 😀 Even I prepare the most delicious looking food they just simply refuse sometimes 🙂 Subbed on this account as well!

  18. Great video, just finished watching it! After watching other videos of yours (about this subject) I decided to try to offer dog/cat food more often but my animals simply don't want to go on that diet. There are some (the ones I raised from young age) that eat no matter what but the rest … no 🙁 I will try again tho!

  19. TC! great video! always a big fan, I learn so much from you! Is there any other herp tubers you suggest for other reptiles? I have lots of other reptiles and most pet tubers make me gag. I think snake discovery is a really good one. Any more you suggest?

  20. Hey TC.  Great job.  This is one of my favorites.  I want to mention just a little something about fruits and the importance of my including a very small amount every week to 2 weeks in an adult BT diet.  I decided one day that I would totally eliminate separate fruit addition to my dog food / veggie / greens diet.  Within just a week I noticed lack of a normal size bowel movements.  Snowy began having very small droppings almost daily like she was having trouble eliminating normally.  Started feeding literally a blueberry or other small piece of fruit every week or every other week.  She again began to have good size bowel movements 2 to 3 times a week.  I don't know if you've noticed anything like this.  Snowy's enclosure temps have always remained steady so this component in her environment  would not come into play at all .  Just thought I'd share.  Keep up the amazing work.  Cathy

  21. Is it true that baby toys are good enrichment for Blue Tongues? If so: which toys would you consider safe? If not: what are some things you can provide for enrichment?

  22. I need help quick. I have been watching your videos and doing my research on web. I was led to believe the main difference between northern blue tongue skink and Indonesia bluetongue skunk is, a Indonesian requires special setup misting humidity Tropical setup where as a northern bluetongue skink requires much less humidity and would be okay with an Aspen substrate because it doesn't require misting. I set up my Vivarium and I got my supposedly northern bluetongue skink about a week ago and I have been having trouble with it ever since. I spoke to the shop I got it from they sent me an email with all the special requirements that seem to look like an Indonesian blue tongue skink and setup with the bark and all the humidity et cetera. not the northern setup I was led to believe. and hoping to think about it I am thinking my skink looks like an Indonesian skink rather then northern but I'm not 100%

  23. I have a stupid question since I know it already but is it just June through August for blue tongue skink breeding?if not do they get bred in April or months earlier too?because if so my son is going to get one for his birthday day which is the 9th of April and of course it’s a northern.

  24. Wait! You feed your adult blue tongues once a week?! Everyone else says 2-3 times a week or every other day??! Which is correct??? AAHHH Im about to get a blue tongue in a week could you please explain?

  25. Love the editing in this video!!! Haha kind of reminds me of Bill Nye the Science Guy episodes?? Love it. What a great informational video, I really appreciate this 🙂

  26. My lizard has lived off of home brew and fruit and veggies and she’s 9 years old and my other one called Bruce is very large and he’s 7 and he eats fully grown mice and he’s healthy and happy and they breed perfectly fine to

  27. You're awesome. Your information is not bias you go through facts and not "this is the only diet for your animal", I've seen a few videos with home-brew and how they say its the best for them. Anyways again nice job also I really appreciate when you mention how a naturalistic environment is still not natural. As long as the animal has all the necessity to thrive then it doesn't need to look fancy. Though saying that to some people will easily offend them and I'll probably get my head chew off, lol.

  28. I appreciate how much science-backed research you put into your skink care. I’ve noticed a lot of pet care videos are often based on hearsay rather than evidence, which is counterintuitive for me as an ecologist 😂
    Cheers from a budding Canadian scientist getting a skink in the future!

  29. How often are they fed daily? Once? Would I be fine feeding them exclusively cat/dog food with veggies/fruits as snacks every now and then?

  30. Great information! It's kinda nice to know I've been doing things right for the last 30-40 years! One thing I read or was told years ago was that the vegetables are very important for the fibre they provide, I remember "the banana skin would be more beneficial than the banana itself". I'm sure it's covered by the vegetables you feed but for my lizards I feed carrots to avoid vitamin A deficiency and spinach or chard to provide thiamine, both providing fibre as well of course.
    A couple of tips which you no doubt cover in your videos but the first comes up in the comments a lot. When you open a tin of dog or cat food spoon it all out into small snaplock/ziplock bags and freeze most of them. Do this every time and you'll have a freezer full of bagged portions of a wide variety of different flavours and brands, providing variety is as simple as thawing a different bag each time.
    Another tip regards something I've stupidly done twice about 10 years apart –
    When keeping baby Blue Tongues in an enclosure together, as can happen when a "litter" is born, never feed live food, grab first and look later comes into play and formally peaceful babies end up latched onto each other which almost certainly will result in lost tails and other injuries, I've even had one latched onto anothers middle resulting in a broken spine. It's tempting, particularly if you're feeding crickets to something else and that peaceful little group of babies are looking at you but don't do it! The change in them is very sudden, total chaos errupts and when a Blue Tongue latches on to something it will not let go until it calms down. Just a warning to people who might see that you have babies housed together and make the mistake I did.
    This is an excellent video series, it might take a while to get through them all, but I will!

  31. Great video! I will most likely use dog food now when I get a skink in the future:) my reason against it is more so lack of trusting the manufacturers. Like I look at high quality dog and cat food and still finds that it has ingredients in it that aren’t beneficial for the animal (like vegetables in cat food). Also all the weird ingredients that I can’t pronounce 😂 Like id love to make my dog and cats homemade food eventually

  32. Hi tc big fan and love your videos I have a question however. I have an Indonesian blue tongue skink named Caine he is a year and a half and just reached sexual maturity he’s been leaving sperm plugs left and right however he has stopped eating protein recently and no matter what I do or how well I mix the food together he picks the vegetables out and will only eat veggies. This has been going on for about a month or so before he was eating super worms, dubia roaches, but when I offer he runs away and blatantly refuses. I’ve tried hard boiled eggs mixed with his veggies and he picks out the vegetables leaving the egg behind, same thing with dog food. Have you ever had this problem? And how did you fix it? Could it be something I’m doing wrong or need to improve? He’s never been this picky before so I’m a little worried.

  33. Question: I'm thinking of getting a baby northern bluey and I have a diet in mind-
    Base of food- wet cat food
    Veggies- some squash and turnip greens
    Fruit- Occasional fruit as a treat, maybe half a strawberry or something
    Then sprinkle in some calcium power on top?
    Should I also occasionally give them some crickets?

    Please give some feedback anyone? XD

  34. Hello! Awesome video! As my indo bluey is 4 months do I feed him just cat food every 2 days or everyday? And he sleeps most of the day under the substrate but is shedding? Is this natural? Thank you

  35. Love your videos and I’m really liking BTS now that I’ve been binge watching your videos lol but I love Learning about different reptiles. Anyways I have one question I’ve watch episode 7 as well about the diet I was wondering if you feel this diet would work for a tegu also since they’re omnivorous too. Most research you see is natural human food and mixing it together but if this gives skinks a healthier life would it do the same for tegus? Thanks for doing these videos like I said I love learning 👍

  36. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3a_gGdqrBU Special Video message to TC from Joey G from Australia 🙂 Picked up his baby blue tongue today and names him in the video 🙂 🙂 🙂

  37. What do you think about feeding them Purina dog food? The breeder i got mine from told me to feed it purina. I wanted to get zignature grain free but he said it’s unnecessary and a waste of money. So i just bought a small bag of purina since thats what my skink was raised on. I will change it to zignature after this bag is gone.

  38. Hey, I really appreciate these videos! My boyfriend just purchased an 8-month old indy in December but he works out of town and I've been looking after it lately… your advice has probably been a literal lifesaver for the little buddy!

    Is there a resource you'd recommend that's more specific to Indonesians or is their care similar enough? I know about the temperature and humidity differences between northerns and indies but not much else.

  39. I wish omnigold did not cost $50 per bag :(. Do you have any idea if it will ever be able to be shipping into the united states? Great video thanks!

  40. Great videos. Got my first blue tongue and am enjoying your videos as much as having my skink! Thank you for the help and guidance! I hope to get a bluey off you from your upcoming 2019 clutch/ batch of babies. Goodluck

  41. Hey! I am getting a pair of Indonesians in April. They are 8 years of age and have been apparently kept together for all 8 years. It is a male and female, but they don't have any interest in breeding. I am intending to get a bioactive setup and a spare viv regardless, but what is your opinion on them continuing to be kept together after I get them? I met them a couple of weeks back. I am no expert but they look healthy, strong and alert. Both were walking about everywhere when they were let out, wanting to poke their noses into everything.

    Here are pictures of them: https://imgur.com/a/8wOWVtP

  42. What is your opinion on cat/dog food given to tegus? I'm intrested cause it'd be nice if i could give my young black and white tegu cat food too (not doing so yet)

  43. Great info. I wonder if the dog food method would work for other omnivores such as Beardies? Has anyone attempted?

  44. Great video and thanks for taking the time to make them! Was wondering… Why in this video your tubs have three domes on them? All the videos i've watched you have two. Additional heat like a small che to what is already there? Thanks in advance!

  45. I’m a little unsure about food still can you make a video dumbed down for younger people. I’m also getting my first bts I can’t wait for it to happen

  46. I bought a Bintuni (Indonesian species) blue tongue skink two days ago and he is 5 months old. I am going to start feeding him cat food but should I add greens or veggies to the cat food or leave the food as is? I know it applies to the older skinks with dog food. Thanks and great video!!

  47. I've been adding leafy greens (blended in a blender), chopped fruit and veg plus nutrobal powder to wet dog food. I thought I was doing the right thing!!

  48. Is Nature's Logic dog food good for BTS's? I thought blue tongues should avoid spinach but spinach (dried) is included in natures logic's ingredient list ;( I was planning to feed natures logic but im concerned

  49. Hey! love your videos helped me a lot just a questions really hope you reply, do they get fed everyday? also do you know any breeders in Canada that are cheap? i really want one but i need one for cheap. tysm and i hope you can answer my question!

  50. Hey TC! Is it okay to feed a skink a pellet food designed for skinks and lizards? If so, could you feed it to a 3 month old hard or would it be better to mush it up a little? Thanks!

  51. I was at the pet store looking for a good dog food and did you know the pet store sales associate said they feed their skinks JUST BABY FOOD! probably like one vegetable flavor every couple days and leave it in the tank! I hate corporate pet stores! I wanted to show them this video sooooo bad!

  52. I’ve been having problems getting my skink to eat raw veggies and fruits! I tried adding them to his dog food but once he realizes what he’s eating he won’t eat anymore! Before I got him the breeder said he gave him the bluey buffet as well but he wouldn’t eat it when I made it for him! He’s so picky and I need him to eat better! He’s only around 6 months old what should I do?

  53. I have a tub of bluey food pallets and the best before date is April 2019. Should I throw them out or are they still safe for feeding to my bluey.

  54. Love the videos! Can you do more videos on pink tongues please. There is like no videos for them.

  55. Hey TC, I have a question about your care sheet, when it comes to feeding from babies to sub adults, it says bluey buffet (once a month max) does that mean I'm only gonna feed them wet cat food everyday or every other day depending on the age (rotating the brands ofc), and just bluey buffet once a month?, also what about omni gold?, it's only included in their diet when they are adults, one thing that got me pretty interested is the new dried food aka the new sponsor, I'm wondering how will it effect the feeding schedule and will it change it in the near future.

  56. In the wild blue tongue skinks eat blackberries and it is good for them to eat just not all the time

  57. Thanks for the videos! I think of your channel as a staple for bts info–not all inclusive but a good resource with referrals to other sources 🙂

  58. Would dog food (switched up in flavour) mixed with collard/dandelion/turnip greens and change every two wks and squash baby food be a good diet? Maybe with some repashy grub pie or bluey buffet added occasionally? Maybe a horn worm or super worm added once a month or so?

    (For an adult bluey if I were to get a northern adult)

  59. Thank you for all of your videos. I’m very excited to now have my first Northern BTS. Do you have a video on handling? My baby is eating fine, but I don’t want to stress it out. Also, mad respect for your PTSD video. I too suffer from anxiety and I think my reptiles have helped!

  60. My bluey is 1 year old so should I feed him cat food or dog food?
    You are so amazing and I have learnt so much about blueys 😊

  61. This was amazingly informative. I just got a blue tongue skink, slightly less than 6 months old and I’ve been kinda freaking out about feeding it properly and care. I own 4 snakes but have never dealt with a skink before. I feel so much better watching this video, thanks a lot!

  62. Your video’s are so helpful!!! Thank you for posting these, I have had a great 2 months with my new bluey, Kaiju. You’ve helped a lot more than what the breeder said 😂
    Thank you 💚🖤

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  64. I see some people feed frozen/thawed raw dog food instead of canned dog food is there a substantial nutritional difference between these? Or can they both be healthy base foods for Blue Tongue Skinks?

  65. I've tried fruit and fresh veggies with my skink….she treated it like decor… give her dog food and shes goes nutso….and she loves baby food

  66. Hey T.C. hope all is well. I'm just wondering how often should you feed a baby, juvenile, and adult northern blue tongue? How often should their food be dusted with Calcium and D3?

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