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PETER'S BANDED SAND SKINK CaresheetCommon Name: Peter's Banded Sand Skink
Scientific Name: Scincopus fasciatus
Origin: Northern Africa
Size: 8" to 10.5"
Lifespan: 15 - 20 years
You will find many ways on the internet on "how to" take care of this animal. This care sheet is showing the way we found works best for us from our many years of experience and caring for this species.
In the wild, Peter's Banded Sand Skinks spend more of their time on the ground or scrabbling around in the rocks. So floor space is more important than height in your enclosure. Young skinks up to about 6 months of age can be housed in a 20 gal long enclosure or Exo Terras 18" x 18" x 12". A couple adults can be housed in a minimum of a 36" long enclosure. Exo Terra's 36" x 18" x 18" or Zilla's 30 breeder critter cage both work well. If you have the space, you can go bigger.
They like to dig so provide a loose substrate such as exo terra natural sand, 1" is usually fine. Naturally they live in a area that is more hard packed dry ground, than loose sand. So, we don't suggest making the bedding too deep to limit the amount they might scoop up while chasing insects. You may see your skink sleeping behind a log with just his head buried in the sand and they seem to be fine with this. Give them plenty of hiding spots to choose from so they feel safe. This can be as simple as a piece of driftwood that is raised enough for them to go under or an actual reptile hide like Zillas bark bend. Give them several choices, especially if you keep more than one skink.
LIGHTING & TEMPERATURES
These skinks come from a harsh environment and as such are quite hardy creatures. However, like all reptiles, they are dependent on thermoregulation to control their body temperature. This essentially means you need to provide a hot side and a cool side to your enclosure. All the heat elements should be on one side and the other will be the cool side. This way your skink can move back and forth between the different temperatures depending on its needs.
A basking area of 95-110 degrees should be provided. The rest of the enclosure can be in the 78-82 range. At night, temps can drop to as low as 76 degrees. Use a good quality temperature gauge, like Zoo Meds digital temp gauge or Exo Terras Thermometer. The easiest way to increase the heat in your enclosure is with a Reptile basking bulb and/or an Exo terra or Zoo Med heat pad.
In addition to heat, Peter's Banded Sand Skinks need UVB lighting to help them absorb calcium and to synthesize vitamin D3. Since they are not out in natural sunlight in our homes, we must provide UVB light in the form of a special fluorescent bulb designed to produce UVB rays.
The best bulbs are the mercury vapors such as Exo Terra's Solar Glo bulbs, ZooMed's Powersun, or Solar bright bulbs. These provide heat and UVB all in one bulb. You can also use separate basking (heat) bulb and UVB bulbs. If you use these you will want the Zoo Med 5.0 or Exo Terra UVB 100 variety.
Always provide water dish with fresh water. These skinks will drink some. You might have to change the water everyday if your lizard defecates or kicks bedding into it. Scrub the bowl at least once a week to keep bacteria slime from building up. Exo Terra bowls or Flukers rock dish are nice naturalistic non-porous water bowls.
Peter's Banded Sand Skinks like 25-40% humidity.
Peter's Banded Sand Skinks are omnivores. As such, they have quite a varied diet. They will eat proteins, vegetables/greens and fruits. Variety is important. Don't always feed them the same things. Adults can be fed 2-3 times a week. Young skinks are better fed every other day. When you feed, you can give as much as they want in one sitting. Feed greens on a shallow dish, not directly on the substrate. Remove any uneaten food.
Make sure to supplement your skinks food at least every other feeding with calcium and vitamins such as Repashy Calcium Plus or Zoo Med Reptivite with D3.
Live bugs crickets, dubia roaches, mealworms, hornworms, etc
Canned insects, snails
Hard-boiled or scrambled eggs
Boiled organ meats
Pinky mice (live or frozen/thawed)
Repashys Bluey Buffet
Other suggested foods: Fruits and Veggies (rarely seen eating these)
Dandelions (pesticide free)
Hibiscus flowers (pesticide free)
Peter's Banded Sand Skinks can be quite friendly and are a good first lizard choice. They tolerate quite a lot of handling. Start slow with your new pet and gradually increase the amount of time you hold it. It won't be long before your skink gets used to being held.