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Latin name: Emoia nigra
This individual is an unsexed adult and is about 11” in length, nose to tail tip. They are eating live crickets dusted with vitamin and calcium powder as well as tropical fruit mash.
General info and temperament: These interesting lizards aren't very common in human care. They make beautiful and unique display animals who are active in their enclosures and do better if handled less frequently due to their flighty nature.
Habitat and lifestyle: They are native to the Solomon, Bismark and Vanuatu islands in the South Pacific and inhabit the forests of those islands. They are gold climbers, spend a lot of their time in the trees and are mostly active during the day.
Size and lifespan: They typically reach a snout to vent length of 5" and with tail included, they can reach a full length of 12". Their lifespan in human care is not well documented but we believe they can live up to 8 years.
Quick care stats:
Temperatures: 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the basking area, 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool end.
Humidity: 40%-70% -misting at least once daily.
Tank size: 10-15 gallons for babies/juveniles, 20-30 gallons for adults.
Tank type: Square to tall rectangle - allow for floor space but lots climbing structures as well. These lizards are semi-arboreal so utilize a good amount of that vertical space.
Heating and Lighting: Both a heat pad and a dimmable heat lamp are recommended for housing this species in glass tanks. Dimmable heat bulb only for a wood or melamine tank. Thermostats are always helpful.
The use of two thermometers is ideal. One should be placed just off-center from the basking area on the floor of the tank and the other one should be placed furthest away from the basking area also on the floor of the tank.
Full spectrum UVB lighting required for this species and should be on 12-14 hours per day.
Substrate and furniture: Soil or bark substrate 2"deep. Provide lots of hiding places and climbing areas in the form of rocks, branches, false or live plants and vines. Provide a water dish as well.
Handling: Emo tree skinks are okay with short periods of handling but we recommend them to be handled infrequently due to their flighty nature. Too much handling can stress them out and have very adverse affects on their health. It is best to keep handling to a minimum and enjoy watching them instead.
Diet and feeding: Offer live crickets/feeder roaches 2-3 times per week. Gage the number of insects your skink will eat based on the number they leave behind. We recommend starting with an offer of 5 feeder insects and then adjusting from there. Fattier food items like worms can be offered 1x weekly for variety and as a treat!
Always remove uneaten feeder insects if they have not been consumed after a day.
Tropical fruit such as mangoes, papaya and banana as well as berries can also be offered 2-3 times per week in between insect offers. All fruit should be peeled and mashed up for your skink.
*All food items must be dusted with both vitamin and calcium powder prior to feeding.*
Food size: The feeder insect should be able to fit width-wise between your skink’s eyes. Fruit mash offerings can be about 1 Tbsp.