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Fire Skink (Riopa fernandi) Fire Skink (Riopa fernandi)

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR A Fire Skink (Riopa fernandi)

Vivarium Viv-Exotic 36inch VX36. Available in Beech, Oak, Walnut.

 

Lighting: PT-2132 Sun Glo Neodymium Daylight Basking Spot Lamp R20/75W. Arcadia ADCH Reptile Ceramic lamp Holder and Bracket.

For the UVA/UVB PT-2162 Exo Terra Repti Glo 5.0 (30")25 Watt. ACR30 Arcadia IP64 Dry Vivarium Controller 25/30W.

 

Heating:(1)  Komodo Ceramic Lamp Fixture. PT-2144 Heat Glo Infra Red Lamp R20/100W. Ceramic Lamp Safety Guard – Medium. Habistat Dimming Thermostat.

 

(2) Komodo Ceramic Lamp Fixture. PT-2045 Ceramic Heat Emitter Heat Wave Lamp 60W. Ceramic Lamp Safety Guard – Medium. Habistat Pulse Proportional Thermostat.

 

Substrate: Highland Coco Fibre Bedding - Compressed Brick (10 Litre) or Orchid Bark 2-3kg for 3’ vivarium.

 

Décor: PT-2802 Exo Terra Water Dish Medium (many more to chose from on our site). PT-2821 Feeding Rock Reptile Cricket Feeder(optional). PT-2852 Reptile Hide Out Cave - Medium(many more to chose from on our site). Tree Stump Moss Box. Branches, Rocks and artificial plants.

 

Calcium and vitamins: Exo-Terra Calcium +D3. Exo-Terra Multi Vitamin Powder.

Many reptiles require a diet based on live or fresh foods, due to their specific feeding habits. These are readily available, but in themselves do not offer a balanced supply of nutrients. To ensure your pet receives a properly balanced diet, it is important to increase the nutrient content of these foods with a nutrient supplement.

 


Care
 
Distribution: Fire skinks can be found in Guinea, East of Zaire, Angola and Uganda.

Size: Adult fire skinks will reach approximately 10-14 inches in length, with males being slightly larger.

Description: These Skinks are extremely colourful. They have a golden back with a bright black, red and white pattern on the flanks. Fire Skinks have a black and white throat; they have a black tail speckled in white. The scales are very smooth and glossy.
Heavy bodied with short legs.

Diet: They require as varied a diet as you can manage to include. Morio worms, Meal worms, roaches, locusts, brown and black crickets, Silk worms. Offer some fruits and chopped hard boiled egg as well.
Dust food with a calcium supplement two or three times a week and added vitamins once or twice a week. Make sure the Calcium and vitamins are low in phosphorus. Calcium with D3 is recommended.

Water: A shallow water dish is suggested for drinking, bathing, it also helps keep the humidity up.

Housing: These skinks should be housed in a 24” vivarium minimum though a 36” vivarium would be best for one or two skinks. Give plenty of hiding places made of pieces of wood/branches, cork bark, stones/rocks and artificial plants. This will offer the skink hiding places and security.

Substrate: Use coir (coconut fibre) or forest bark and keep it slightly damp not wet. Never allow it to dry out. Spray the substrate daily and maintain a humidity of 70-80% humidity.

Temperature: Fire Skinks require a day temperature of 80-85°F with a basking spot of 90-95°F.
Allow the night time temperature to drop to 75°F.

Heating: Heating can be by either ceramic heaters or Infra red bulbs. I prefer ceramic heaters, both need to be used with the appropriate thermostat and safety guard.

A digital thermometer with an external probe should be used to monitor the temperatures.
A digital hydrometer should be used to keep a check on the humidity levels.

 
Temperament: Males should not be housed together as fighting will break out though you can keep females together. Only keep a male and females together during the breeding season.

Life Span: 10-20 years

Behaviour:
Fire Skinks like to burrow searching for insects and for security. They can be handled and soon become tame with handling. The bite can be painful like a clamp so initially be careful and wear a glove until they become accustomed to you.
They are diurnal, active during the day.

Lighting: The use of a spot bulb as a basking light is required and should be on for 10-12 hours to give them a photo period.
They also require UVA and UVB this helps them to synthesis the vitamin D3, it also stimulates appetite, sex drive colouration and general health.
 
Sexing: Males are generally brighter coloured; larger and broader headed then females.

Breeding: The Fire Skinks need to be well fed and in tip top condition for successful breeding. Moss boxes should be used and checked daily for eggs also check the rest of the vivarium for eggs that may have been laid elsewhere. The females can lay 5-9 eggs.
The eggs take 40-50 days to hatch in damp vermiculite or moss at 82-85°F.
Eggs may be laid between March and October if the Skinks are in good condition.

A well-fed Fire Skink will be necessary for a successful breeding and healthy babies.
 
Calcium and vitamins: Add Calcium +D3 three times a week and added vitamins about twice a week.
 

 

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR A Fire Skink (Riopa fernandi)
Vivarium Viv-Exotic 36inch VX36. Available in Beech, Oak, Walnut.
 
Lighting: PT-2132 Sun Glo Neodymium Daylight Basking Spot Lamp R20/75W. Arcadia ADCH Reptile Ceramic lamp Holder and Bracket.
For the UVA/UVB PT-2162 Exo Terra Repti Glo 5.0 (30")25 Watt. ACR30 Arcadia IP64 Dry Vivarium Controller 25/30W.
 
Heating:(1)  Komodo Ceramic Lamp Fixture. PT-2144 Heat Glo Infra Red Lamp R20/100W. Ceramic Lamp Safety Guard – Medium. Habistat Dimming Thermostat.
 
(2) Komodo Ceramic Lamp Fixture. PT-2045 Ceramic Heat Emitter Heat Wave Lamp 60W. Ceramic Lamp Safety Guard – Medium. Habistat Pulse Proportional Thermostat.
 
Substrate:Highland Coco Fibre Bedding - Compressed Brick (10 Litre) or Orchid Bark 2-3kg for 3’ vivarium.
 
Décor: PT-2802 Exo Terra Water Dish Medium (many more to chose from on our site). PT-2821 Feeding Rock Reptile Cricket Feeder(optional). PT-2852 Reptile Hide Out Cave - Medium(many more to chose from on our site). Tree Stump Moss Box. Branches, Rocks and artificial plants.
 
Calcium and vitamins: Exo-Terra Calcium. Exo-Terra Multi Vitamin Powder.
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