HELP! Broadhead Skink

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Clayton L. Workman

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May 25, 1996, 3:00:00 AM5/25/96
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I have recently caught a Broadhead Skink in some nearby woods and I am
trying to keep it as a pet. I have had him now for 2 weeks and he is
doing fine, however, I don't feel I know enough about him to properly care
for him.

Could someone please either e-mail me or post here the requirements for
such a lizard? I would like to know any special feeding
requirements/favorite foods, temp requirements, housing requirements, some
tips on how I can tame him, whether or not his bite hurts :-), dangerous
things to keep from him, hibernation requirements, what he would have cost
if I had bought him at a pet store, etc....

Anything you can let me know would be greatly appreciated it. I can't
seem to find much in books on this specific lizard. I do know that he is
an adult male. (He is grayish colored with a reddish colored head.)

I have been feeding him crickets, mealworms, and woodlice, providing him
with a big dish of water and hiding places.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

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Clayton Workman
cwor...@quapaw.astate.edu
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Melody Cefalo

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May 26, 1996, 3:00:00 AM5/26/96
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The best way to care for your new pet is to let him go where you found
him. Besides effecting a loss to the environment (the food chain and the
availability of different species for posterity), it is very likely that
the skink will never adjust to captivity and will die. If you want a pet
skink, buy it captive-bred from a breeder or good pet store. A broadheaded
skink is only about $15.

Please let him go!

Melody


Julie Sieberg

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May 27, 1996, 3:00:00 AM5/27/96
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Clayton L. Workman (cwor...@quapaw.astate.edu) wrote:
: I have recently caught a Broadhead Skink in some nearby woods and I am

: trying to keep it as a pet. I have had him now for 2 weeks and he is
: doing fine, however, I don't feel I know enough about him to properly care
: for him.

from the TFH skink book (*shrug*) ...

"Broadheads [Eumeces laticeps] like to climb and are often found basking
in the full sun on stumps and fence posts, and they like large, sturdy
climbing brances in the terrarium. Nig males can be hard biters
(personal experience) and unbelievaly aggressive. Even in nature they
are sometimes found eating overripe fruit, and in the terrarium, they
will take almost anything. ... Big males perhaps are best given their own
terraria except during the breeding season."

Ross R. Lasley

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May 28, 1996, 3:00:00 AM5/28/96
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Clayton L. Workman wrote:
>
> I have recently caught a Broadhead Skink in some nearby woods and I am
> trying to keep it as a pet. I have had him now for 2 weeks and he is
> doing fine, however, I don't feel I know enough about him to properly care
> for him.
>
> Could someone please either e-mail me or post here the requirements for
> such a lizard?

The requirement for this lizard is that you take it back where you found it and LET IT
GO!! Randomly collecting herps is a bad idea for a long list of reasons but do you even
know if you collected this specimen legally?? You almost always need at least a fishing
liscense to take reptiles from the woods.
I have had lots of calls/questions about this subject and I always give the same
advice: stop screwing around with mother nature for your own personal enjoyment. Let the
creature go.
If people want to legally collect speciemns for breeding programs; I don't have
any problem with that. People who think they will "save" money by taking a reptile from
the woods are just kidding themselves.

Peace,

Ross Lasley
Loco Critters
rla...@mnsinc.com

Paul J Hollander

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May 29, 1996, 3:00:00 AM5/29/96
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In article <Pine.SOL.3.91.960526...@boris.ucdavis.edu>,

But those pet store broad headed skinks are wild caught, too. Better to
either stick with one personally caught or release it and *not* buy a
pet store skink.

AFAIK, broad headed skinks do fairly well in captivity, though I've
never kept any personally.

Paul Hollander phol...@iastate.edu
Behold the tortoise: he makes no progress unless he sticks his neck out.

jeffr...@dixie.k12.fl.us

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Apr 27, 2017, 11:20:46 AM4/27/17
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i am going to have to disagree with everyone on the subject of "let him go" provided a good enough environment, ample food (the right kinds) and room to roam, i think the skink will be fine, so long as you keep it away from any outside contaminants from here-on-out. broad head skinks eat just about anything and everything, and are omnivores, plenty of fruit and meal worms will do the trick. make sure he has a leaf bedding in his terrarium and some place to climb and bask. but yes, they bite and they do HURT. if you have caught a grown one then try not to handle it, if you have caught a baby (which are more common)then it should be fine, when they have been raised in a stable captive environment they can be very docile and even affectionate any time that is not mating season. i have raised one from a hatching and i caught him swimming in leaves. he grew up to about half a foot long before he died (i believe) of old age, i made a lot of mistakes trying to keep him and many of the ones before him i caught died or almost died before i released them. so if you are not very experienced in handling reptiles then i suggest you let him go, otherwise i think you'll be a-okay.

troja...@gmail.com

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