Corucia zebrata Solomon Islands Skinks


Fundamentally and taking into consideration the aforementioned findings the respective island forms should be kept separately.

The size of the tanks must be in relation to their body size. I personally keep groups of Corucia zebrata consisting of adult couples and their semi-adult and newborn offspring in tanks with the size of   180 cm x 75cm x 170 cm or 100 x 100 cm x 220 cm (LxWxH).  For keeping a single couple the size could be smaller.
The most important fitments within the tanks are cork- tubes in various sizes. The tubes give shelter to the animals and are often used for resting and sleeping throughout the day. Natural planting is not needed for two reasons: Fundamentally any planting will be destroyed, either because of the weight of the animals or will be eaten. For decoration purposes artificial plants made out of plastic are used.
 As substrate for the bottom for each tank I use pine bark mulch for the first layer (5 cm) and spaghnum for the second layer (5-8cm). The spaghnum is kept moist, which helps to increase the air humidity in a range of 65%   up to 80%.   Moreover, I have implemented overhead irrigation systems in each terrarium activated by a clock timer. The timer is activated 6 to 8 time throughout the day for a time- interval of 10 to 30 seconds. A water bowl (fresh water each day) completes the tank environment.
Heating and lighting of the tanks are done by 50 to 75 Watt spotlights in combination with specific UVB/UVA spotlights especially developed for keeping reptiles (Solar Raptor or Bright Sun). The air -temperature within the tanks varies between 23C at night and 28 to 32C at day.
In the beginning it seemed absurd to install those spotlight in a tank for nocturnal animals, however, Corucia enjoy basking sometimes for hours throughout the whole day.

Bilder Terrarien, Licht, Sonnen;