I'm not exactly settled on what reptiles or terrestrial creatures I want. I'm still exploring my options on this. I'm figuring out the food web and the base creatures to use as prey but it depends upon what I decide to stock the tank with. With geckos, would they try to eat beetles or mostly leave them alone? If they leave them alone then they would be perfect for taking care of over population of beetles in the tank as they would prey upon the beetle larvae. How do you like your Fire Skink?
From what I've read on a few different forums, people say the geckos don't like adult beetles. They say their geckos may attempt to taste them once, but are kind of put off by them and then leave them alone, lol. I personally adore my fire skink. Some people (e.g. my boyfriend) don't understand the fascination with them because they're so often burrowed. He says that's a boring pet to have! But they are SO ADORABLE, not to mention fierce. I get so happy when I see my skink.
When we sort of redid his tank to add more burrowing space, he bit the HELL out of my boyfriend. Like shredded skin off and made him bleed. I didn't even know that was possible for the little guys; he has only ever bitten me softly when mistaking my hand for food and it barely hurt, let alone broke skin. They are generally hard to tame, but he does accept food from my hand. I've had him for almost a year. I hope at some point I can get him comfortable enough to be picked up without trying to run away.
Truly, I would like to have a second one, but you're supposed to keep them in male/female pairs and they are extremely difficult to sex. No sex is even listed when you order them. I don't actually know if mine is a male, I just call him that because of his name. If you house two males together, they fight. I would feel awful if I just took a chance and one of them were injured or killed, so he will likely remain solo, unless an exotics vet could sex mine and I could order the opposite sex specifically. Maybe that's one reason for captive breeders being so scarce...you are taking a risk when putting them together, and if you have to separate them you need an additional enclosure to maintain.
You know how some people always have the same breed of dog? Like, that person will ALWAYS have at least ONE shepherd, lab, chihuahua, etc.? I feel that way about fire skinks. Would be so sad if I didn't have one. It's hard to explain, given their secretive nature. I guess I'm similar. Like to be left alone a lot, but every once in a while I'll come out of my burrow. :P
Look at this cutie-pie!