Hi everyone. I am here to get good information from those in the know. I have a Blue Tongue Skink named Precious. I know silly name but the first time I saw him I thought he was just precious. He was in a chain pet store being fed a horrid diet of cat food and grapes. Over the course of a couple of months I watched him get thinner and thinner. People were afraid of him because of his size and being "unusual" here at the time. I talked the store manager into lowering the price and took him home. He was loaded with mites and parasites taken care of by the vet. After a couple of years of trying I finally got him on a somewhat better diet, not the best but better. He eats his veggies wonderfully now along with chicken and turkey. Precious has lived with me now for 11 years. I posted in the General Reptile Discussion the issue he is going through now. I'm afraid I may be losing him and came to folks who know and have had these animals so much longer. The vets are estimating Precious to be at least 16 years or more. This not common in the states to see. I'm hoping that some of you good folks can give us some pointers to try to save my guy. I was not new to reptiles when I got him. At the time I was a zoo keeper working with an assortment or herps and also have had igs and beardies as pets.