First vivarium Build
So, I'm planning on building my first living vivarium, after many moons of research. I have an adult female white eyed crocodile skink (Tribolonotus novaeguinae), and have a male on order to arrive soon. While he is in quarantine, I plan on letting the viv settle up and grow in until they are ready to introduce to each other. I am hoping that they will breed, as my female is a regular egg-layer. So this viv would be purpose-built for them. Since I have zero interest in incubating eggs, and since Tribs actually give their eggs some rudimentary care and protection, I plan on letting them lay in-situ, and hopefully incubating in-situ as well. Several other croc skink keepers seem to have had some success this way and I hope to follow in their footsteps. Honestly, any breeding that occurs is secondary to their overall health and happiness.
Crocodile skinks are semi-arboreal, semi-fossorial, and semi-aquatic so I thing some really cool things could be done in a viv to support their varied lifestyle. My female seems to be particularly arboreal and aquatic, so I'm planning on incorporating a large pool, some running water, and plenty of interesting things to climb on. This species apparently tends to like high humidity (70-80%), and somewhat warm temps (basking spot of 30-32C, ambient 25-26C, cool side 23F). My girlie actually seems a bit stressed by the higher temps for basking in her current terrarium (she stops eating) so I actually keep it around 29-30C or so.
Terrarium: ExoTerra Medium Wide 24" x 18" x 18"
Lighting: ExoTerra Compact Top Medium, ZooMed Mini Deep Dome Combo
ExoTerra UVB150 13w (I like the light spectrum for plant growth)
ExoTerra UVB500 13w (I like the light spectrum for UV for the skinks)
ZooMed 25w Infrared Heat Bulb
Monitoring: Digital Probe Thermometer and Hydrometer
Filter/Pump: ExoTerra ReptiClear F150 (which I hope to retrofit for a waterfall/stream feature)
Drainage Layer: Hydroballs with Polyfibre substrate separator (not installed yet)
I know it's a lot of ET stuff, but I like how it all looks together!
Substrate: Mix of sphagnum moss, coir, cypress mulch, ExoTerra Tree Fern substrate, clay aggregate and activated charcoal
Background: DIY GreatStuff background with water fall, cork bark, and twisty wood of some sort (java? mopani? manzanita?)
Plants: Every plant ever! No, I'm kidding. I'm still doing pant research. Probably some Tillandsias, small bromeliads, a small orchid (because I have a ton of them already), maybe some Pothos if everything else dies, maybe a ficus or a fern for texture, and tons of live moss if I can get it to grow because I love the stuff. I'd love to try those bioluminescent mushrooms, but I probably won't because I'm still convinced that they are toxic. I'm also love some Anubias, Cryptocoryne, and Java Moss for the water portion. I might even try my hand at growing the Anubias/Crypts as emergents. Maybe. We'll see.
Livestock: 1.1 T. novaeguinae New Guinea AKA muddy eyed AKA white eyed crocodile skink breeding pair
Small freshwater shrimps for the pond (feeders, as treats mostly)
Springtails and isopods (detrivores)
Last edited by MissLissa; 02-02-2015 at 04:32 AM.
Reason: I have a terrible computer that posts things that aren't done yet!