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Im setting up the tank to bring home my bluetongue this weekend. The person I'm getting it from seems to have little or no knowledge of the species (thought the 8in baby she bought was full grown, doesn't know the sub species) and couldn't answer any of my questions. I was wondering if I need a night heat lamp. I already have a UVA and UVB lamp set up, but I do live in Connecticut and I don't want the Skink to get cold at night. My home never gets below 68.  Thank you and advance for your help

Hi Julia,

It sounds like the previous owner picked up that BTS from a chain pet store, was given no advice and then didn't bother to do any of her own research either. That baffles me!

I hope that the care she gave it was at least adequate enough to prevent any health problems.

You won't need supplemental heat at night. It is quite normal and natural for the night time temp to drop down into the 60'sF. It allows their metabolism to rest as everything slows down at cooler temperatures. Make sure your daytime basking gets up to right around 100F.  


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I can answer questions on the proper husbandry and diet of Iguanas, bearded dragons, geckoes, skinks, chameleons, tortoises, box turtles, treefrogs, non-venomous snakes and tarantulas. Also the breeding of some species of feeder insects. I have no experience with venonmous snakes and only limited experience with aquatic turtles.


I have been keeping and breeding reptiles for over 30 years. In addition to my regular job in the medical field I also worked for several years in a pet store that specialized only in exotics. The job entailed both caring for and answering questions on innumerable species. It required constant, extensive research into a wide range of reptiles. I have been called to appear on televised national media (CBC, CTV and Life Channel) as well as CBC radio to discuss the proper care of reptiles and other exotics in captivity. I currently own one or more species of those listed under my expertise with the exception of chameleons. I owned chameleons for years but keep none currently. I keep over 20 snakes comprising 5 species, both Colubridae and Boidae. I bred corn snakes for several years. I have a particular interest in treefrogs and currently have 5 different species. I've raised redfoot tortoises for 10 years and have two iguanas, one for 12 years.

A small and now defunct local magazine called "Pet Vue"

Diagnostic medical microbiology with some parasitology experience.

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