Stokes's skink (Egernia stokesii)
We have been keeping Stokes's skinks (Egernia stokesii) in BION Terrarium Center since 2006 and have been regularly breeding them since 2009. The breeding stock was obtained in 2006 and 2013. As of October 2014, we had 7 adult males and 10 adult females.
The details of keeping:
Terrarium: for adults, its size is 1800х600х500 cm. Babies are kept in groups and placed into plastic boxes of 600х600х500 cm on paper or wipes (instead of a substrate) immediately after their birth.
Decoration: a water bowl, branches and wood for climbing, hiding places made of bamboo tubes, pieces of bark, stones.
Substrate: clay, loam.
Illumination (day length): a 18 W lamp SALVINIAREPTISTAR; the light day is up to 14 hours in summer and about 9-10 hours in winter.
UV: mandatory; exposure is up to 14 hours in summer and about 9-10 hours in winter.
Heating: a 100 W spot lamp; about 5 hours a day in summer and all the daylight in winter.
Temperature: daytime 26-32°C, at night 25-26°C, local hotspot – up to 45°C.
Humidity: 50-60% for adults. In the breeding season, humidity should be increased to 80% by spraying in the morning. Humidity for babies is 60-70%. It is achieved by constant moisture of wipes (instead of a substrate).
Diet: We feed adults every other day. Crickets – 1-2 times a week, 5-7 insects per animal; Turkestan roaches – 1-2 times a week, 5-7 insects per animal; zophobas – 1 time a week, 3 worms per animal, salad – 3-4 times a week.
We feed babies every day with сrickets, Turkestan roaches, and small zophobas, 5-7 insects per animal. Salad should be offered daily.
Ingredients of salad:
SUMMER: leaves of dandelion, nettles, clover, knotweed, coltsfoot;
WINTER: Chinese cabbage, carrot, arugula, parsley, dill, celery, dried alfalfa.
Also, we use leaves of fruit trees in spring and summer.
Mineral supplements: mandatory; 2 times a week (Calcium with D3).
Hibernation is advisable to carry out in the same terrariums where animals are kept and in the same groups (or, at least, in pairs).
Hibernation lasts from November till February and is divided into a few periods:
The preparatory period consists of two weeks with gradual reduction in temperature to 18°C and a decrease in daylight up to complete turning off lights.
Hibernation period: The temperature is 18°C. Hiding places are mandatory. Fresh water is available all the time. Do not feed lizards.
The completive period consists of two weeks with a gradual increase in temperature up to 26-28°C and daylight up to 10-12 hours.
Then, normal feeding and maintenance follow. Hibernation is a stimulus to the reproduction (June- September).
Stokes's skinks (Egernia stokesii) reach their sexual maturity at the age of 4-5 years.
The pregnancy duration is about 2 months.
During all the time we worked with Stokes's skinks (Egernia stokesii), we never saw them mating.
In one season one female can give birth 1-2 times.
The average number of babies born to one female is 4.