Blue-tongued skinks can eat tomatoes, but they should be fed sporadically. Tomatoes contain vitamin C, A, antioxidants and fiber, so they are not poor in nutrients. Despite their health benefits, tomatoes are very acidic and somewhat high in oxalates, so they can cause problems in large quantities. Some things to keep in mind when feeding tomatoes to your blue-tongued lizard: Tomatoes have low calcium levels, which is essential for healthy… Read More »Can blue tongue skinks eat tomatoes?
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Blue Tongue Skink Diet
What foods can blue-tongued skinks eat and which should they avoid? Diet requirements and feeding information for blue tongue skinks.
Spinach can be harmful for blue tongue skinks in large amounts so you should keep consumption to a minimum or avoid feeding it altogether. Despite being a nutrition-packed dark leafy green, spinach has an extremely high content of oxalates which bind to calcium and prevent it from being properly absorbed. Calcium deficiency can lead to a variety of diseases from tail rot to metabolic bone disease which is potentially lethal… Read More »Can blue tongue skinks eat spinach?
Blue tongue skinks can eat bananas – they are nutrient rich, contain vitamin A and C, potassium, antioxidants and minerals, however they are also high in phosphorus which can impact your tegu’s ability to absorb calcium and make it prone to illness. It is best not to feed bananas to your skink on a daily basis and to make sure to complement its diet with calcium supplements in order to… Read More »Can blue tongue skinks eat banana?
Blue tongue skinks can eat apples and it’s okay to feed these fruits as part of a balanced diet. Apples are high fructose fruits and their consumption should be limited due to their high sugar content and risk of leading to obesity. Moreover, you need to make sure to remove any apple seeds before serving because they are hard to digest and may lead to impaction. Other than that, apple… Read More »Can blue tongue skinks eat apples?
Blue tongue skinks should NEVER be fed avocado. Avocados contain a compound called persin which is known to be toxic to birds and some reptiles, and other lizards have been obserbed getting sick and dying merely hours after eating avocado. Moreover, avocados are filled with considerable amounts of oxalic acid which is known to bind itself to minerals and vitamins to form oxalates, which reptiles often have issues getting rid… Read More »Can blue tongue skinks eat avocado?
Blue-tongued skinks love fruits and berries and it is perfectly safe to feed blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry and wild berries to your pet skink. Berries in general are surprisingly low in sugar so you do not need to worry about feeding them regularly (unlike other types of fruits), although you may want to go easy on raspberries and strawberries in moderation because of some of their nutrients. What berries can… Read More »Can blue tongue skinks eat berries?
It is generally considered safe to feed blue tongued-skinks chicken and quail eggs, whether raw, cooked, with or without shell. In the wild, skink lizards naturally feed on birds and other reptiles eggs. Eggs are a good source of protein and their shells are pretty much just made of calcium, so it’s best to feed them whole. The best way to feed egg to your blue tongue skink is to soft-boil… Read More »Can Blue-Tongued Skinks eat eggs?
Blue-tongued skinks are named after their very bright, curiously blue tongues. Yes, they really have blue tongues! Scientists believe they may use their tongue to reflect UV rays to confuse predators from above, or to trick other animals into believing they may be poisonous (for the record: they are not). This type of lizard is common in Australasia, particularly the deserts of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea. Because they are… Read More »Blue-tongued Skink Information & Care – Enclosure, Diet and Health Requirements