Hello all, it's Greg, the perpetual asker of blue-tongue skink questions. Here's my query du jour:
Plato (the skink) has been doing a lot of what appears to be "sleeping" lately; he'll lay with his eyes closed, and open them when I approach. He usually did this at night, but now it is occuring during the day too. He has been a little finiky in eating lately, but he did eat a pinky mouse this past week, and seems healthy overall. The cage is at the normal temp. gradient (~102 one side, 77 the other), so I'm wondering if this is normal behavior in a 5 month old. I was thinking maybe hibernation-related, but I didn't know if this would occur nonwithstanding the temp. gradient, or if blue-tongues hibernated at all. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
Greg
Hello all, it's Greg, the perpetual asker of blue-tongue skink questions. Here's my query du jour: Plato (the skink) has ... didn't know if this wouldoccur nonwithstanding the temp. gradient, or if blue-tongues hibernated at all.Any input would be greatly appreciated.

If you're in the Nth hemisphere maybe he can see daylight from his position and it's triggering the start of brumation. It is natural for them to brumate but I don't let any of my lizards do this until their second winter.
So is the best way to prevent burmation to provide an artificial daytime?
So is the best way to prevent burmation to provide an artificial daytime?

Yes, keep the light cycle constant @ around 12-14hrs per day. Temps need to remain constant as well, if you're running a thermostat or in room that's climate controlled that should be fine.