Do you think my Cunningham Skink is gravid?

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  1. bluetongue

    bluetongue Active Member

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    Hey guys what do you think, do you think she is gravid? Thank you

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    the fatness isn't really a stable way to know if she is or not..
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    can you show the underbelly?
     
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    Either gravid or very well fed.
     
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    Definitely gravid
     
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    With a food baby. :D
     
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    Hi Bluetongue.

    It's certainly the right time of year. I'd say better than average chance she's gravid.
     
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    With zero info given like locale, age, cage mates and what part of oz you live in, my guess is that its gravid.

    Going from your pictures, its a QUEENSLANDER btw. Similar looking animals can be seen from Killarney to Toowoomba.

    I keep mine outdoors, I live out near Ippy and my similar ones give birth every season between xmas and new years. I also just had a new england drop in the last two days (also kept outdoors).

    Cheers,
    Dave.
     
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  8. bluetongue

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    Hey thanks for the reply guys, here’s some belly shots I took just now unfortunately they don’t actually really show how fat she is in person compared to the photos but it’s the best I could do, Rory they are kepted outdoors in a giant aviary in total I have 10 Cunningham’s living outside together fine with 6 blue tongues and 2 gidgees, I got 2 big females from a pet shop years ago one of which is pictured above they will be going on 9 this year from memory I only had 1 baby last year but prior I ended up with 5 and that’s all they have produced so far for me which I’m happy with just confused a tad about as too how first season for them I got 5 and last season only the one unless the other female had her first year last year or whatnot I’m from Hervey Bay qld and found the baby last year on aus day so I was hoping to see some bubs soon so I’m still unsure if it truly is gravid thank you
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    Here’s the pictures

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    For starters, adult blue tongues will nail young cunninghams if given the chance. Easier to remove the blue tongues when the Cunninghams are expecting. Removing a single Cunninghams for quarantine to give birth may result in fight club when the adult is returned to the group. Cunninghams suck with how nasty they can be when strangers are re-introduced, blood relatives..whatever, doesn't seem to matter, they forget they used to know them. Fighting is the default programming here, easier to re-introduce the blueys after.

    You asked in a PM what my animals look like when gravid. These pics were taken back in October after what I reckon was ovulation.

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    All have now had between 5 and 7 young.

    You also asked what my enclosures look like.

    I have a couple of these, 500litre poly trough.
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    These are my favourite, Bunnings used to sell a 220litre UV stable tub. Some of these have been in use since the late 90's.
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    The bricks stop the new borns slipping out through the corners.
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    These button and loops can be found at bcf
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    Usually run a pair per tub. The trick is to stack the hides to give multiple temperature options.
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    I haven't lost a cunningham yet to heat, warmest day I have had is 47C. In the real hot weather though, the skinks tend to moon bask as I call it.
    Hope this helps.
     
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    Awesome setups!
     
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    very nice skink setup
     
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    I love the button and loop idea! May have to try that out myself!
     
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    Bcf sells a pack with two buttons and 2 loops for around $5.99 in the aisle with all the boating nicknacks, cleats and bungs etc.

    Or go to any decent fishing tackle shop who distributes BLA products and buy them in bulk , much cheaper.
     
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    Thanks Rory great setups,animals and information how many skinks do you generally house in one of those big circle pits? Thank you
     
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    Those rain water tanks are awesome.

    Been using them for a few years as well and find them quite versatile between several species.

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    Do you have open bases on those Wally or is the mesh underneath for strength?
     
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    Trios or family groups.


    I drill 4mm holes through the base on mine until it ends up looking like pegboard , but I don't drill holes in the undercover areas (otherwise water will wick into these dry areas).

    Substrate i use is a mixed grade of gravel/sand. Drainage was sufficient during the 2011 flood, nothing drowned when we got 300-400mm in a morning.

    Produce stores sell these troughs but most rural irrigation supplies stores seem to sell them cheaper. With Qubelok connectors and some ally tubing, you can create anything.
     
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    Those are actually the tops of 500ltr rainwater tanks. If you make the effort you can get two enclosures out of one tank.

    Mesh bottoms for security. They dont weigh that much and a Cunningham or Bluetongue would easily escape.
     
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