Reptiles/[Wild] skink

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Hi I have just caught a wild skink I found it around y garden it sem to have runedd into some preadtor ause it tail was bleeding and some scle where off I brang him in wahed him up and put some polie sprin on his wound it  damdge scale are starting to turn black is thi normal and the first day I found him i found some cricket and fed it to him but now he not eating is there any thing I can do Im very worried since I dont like to see pain in animals

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Hi Raph,

The best thing you can do for him at this point is to release him in a safe spot close to where you found him.

You have done all you can for him and now he has to heal but that won't happen when he is under the stress of captivity. Wild reptiles do not adjust well to captivity and frequently stop eating and eventually just die from the stress.

The goal with helping injured wildlife is always to get them back to their normal, wild life as soon as possible.

Many skinks have tails or skin that is designed to come off when they are grabbed by a predator. This allows them to escape.  

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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.

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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.

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

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Diagnostic medical microbiology with some parasitology experience.

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