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    Hello everyone! Today, my blue tongue skink arrived. Unfortunately, I didn't even think about quarantining my new lizard until AFTER he was all set up in my room.... I checked my skink thoroughly & he doesn't show any signs of mites, plus the breeder kept him on a paper towel substrate for two months, so the odds are fairly good. However, I know how those little guys can hide & pop up later, so I am now paranoid for not putting my skink in a different room.

    I have 5 reptiles, & my crestie is the only one I'm worried about getting these mites, should I end up with them. I have done some searching & couldn't find anything on crested gecko mites, so I am wondering if mites were a species specific type thing? I know snakes & skinks swap mites, but what about crested geckos? Should I take my crestie to another room? They're already on opposite sides of each other (skink & gecko) but of course I'm sitting here at midnight being paranoid that my little Charlie will be infested.

    I just wanted to see if any of you had knowledge on this sort of thing or not. Thank you so much in advance!

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    Honestly it depends on the mite, but the end truth of it is that if you don't see any signs then there's no point in panicking. You're probably right that the chances of infestation are extremely low. I would take some light precautions and monitor both of them for a few weeks, maybe put some mite paper around the enclosure, but that's all. In my experience, you're more likely to get a tick infestation than mites and even that is rare from what I've seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Entomologist210 View Post
    Honestly it depends on the mite, but the end truth of it is that if you don't see any signs then there's no point in panicking. You're probably right that the chances of infestation are extremely low. I would take some light precautions and monitor both of them for a few weeks, maybe put some mite paper around the enclosure, but that's all. In my experience, you're more likely to get a tick infestation than mites and even that is rare from what I've seen.
    Thank you for your response! I just feel bad that I didn't even think of quarantining my reptiles. However, they are on opposite sides of the room, and my gecko is on the top shelf, so hopefully the chances are slim.

    Are you referring to something like a fly strip? Does that work for mites, as well? I read your could use Dawn dish soap around the edges of the tank of the one in quarantine to discourage them climbing out. Excuse my paranoia, I'm sure it'll settle down within the next few days, lol!

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    Sorry for the delayed response, the site would not load for me for a few days. I was referring to an acaricide impregnated paper, just google "mite paper" and you should find it.

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