Northern Blue Tongue Skink Colony — Females

Currently, there are eight adult females in the breeding colony. Five of them bred in Feb. 2018 and one of them, Leda, got the year off to vacation and recuperate. The last two I obtained well after the 2018 breeding season.

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Athena — Female — born May, 2015

Athena and Phoebe are sisters. Athena produced 10 babies on June 8th, 2018.

 

 

 

Cybele — Female — born June, 2015

The small amount of scale damage on her shoulders from breeding a month ago is healing well. Cybele and Kalypso are sisters.

 

 

Kalypso — Female — born June, 2015

She has notable scale damage on her back from breeding but it is healing. Kalypso and Cybele are sisters. Kalypso produced 7 babies on June 24th, 2018.

 

 

Io — Female — born June, 2014

Io is unusual looking with her aberrant colors. The banded pattern is present but she lacks the normal black and orange — leaving her a predominate silver or platinum coloration. Both her parents and her litter mates were normal black & gold Northern Blue-tongues. Assuming this is a genetic trait, it is probably recessive, and most likely her babies will display a normal phenotype.

This is her first year breeding, and she was crossed with normal black & gold males. Io is quite large, the largest of the females.

 

 

Phoebe — Female — born May 2015

Phoebe was left with probably the worst of the bite marks from the breeding in February, but it is healing. Phoebe is a litter mate of Athena.

 

 

Leda — Female — Age unknown — estimated around 9

I tried to breed Leda last year after cooling her a few weeks. She appeared to be gravid, her girth expanding as she showed loss of tissue at the hips and along the spine. She went through the entire gestation cycle but in June 2017 she threw numerous enlarged but unfertilized ova.

These are large unpleasant looking amber masses (look like nodules of earwax) that can vary in size from about an inch to to two or three inches. These can sometimes accompany live births as well. Females will often eat these undeveloped masses, so I leave them in the tank for a few hours. This may be an evolutionary trick to avoid wasting nutritional resources or to clean up the birthing area. Healthy babies eat their own egg sacks for their first meals but more on this later.

Since Leda lost a lot of weight going through this futile cycle, I decided to simply give her a year off to recover. I hope to try her again in 2019.

 

 

Photos of a Gravid Female

These are photos of Athena taken on 5/23/18 showing her enhanced girth as she closes in on giving birth. She is going into shed, with opaque skin, dulling her coloration.

Athena gave birth 10 healthy babies on 6/08/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a couple of other Northern blue-tongues, not pictured, that are not part of the breeding group currently.

Recently, I added two more adult females to my breeding group. One produced babies in 2018 and I acquired her, along with one of her babies, from a reptile collector in the Midwest.

The second female, born in 2015, is a spectacular orange Northern blue-tongue produced in Europe, and unrelated to U.S. lineages. The first female, Hypatia, is probably around 6 years of age.

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The second female, Zoya, is a little smaller in overall body size and has not produced babies yet; I hope she is ready in 2019.

 

 

Males have their own page and photo galleries.