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How long has he been in new enclosure?
What are your temps in the enclosure in basking area, ambient and cool side?
Do you have a UVB light as a well as a basking light?
Diet you are feeding and how often?
Thank-you. When moving into a new habitat, Skinks can take some time to adjust. This is normal. My concern is the transfer to the new habitat may have stressed him a bit and that is why he is dug in. The temps right now are also a bit low which could be a part of the issue. Now the key will be to get the enclosure to temperature and allow him to adapt. The feeding should be every 3 days and calcium at every feeding to prevent Metabolic Bone Disease.
Skinks are opportunistic feeder so having the prey active within the tank may be helpful. I would try Dubia roaches as well as the crickets which are more likely to get his attention.
At some point I recommend a Herp Vet visit since he is wild caught a Fecal should be done, since wild caught Reptile generally carry a higher parasite load.
Nice Habitat set up. At this point I would gently remove the substrate to get to him and offer some active prey. If hungry he should go for them. If he doesn't then a Herp Vet visit may be wise. If you need a Herp Vet I can locate some with your location.
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Basking are I suggest 95*, the ambient temps in the enclosure 86*, and cool side 76*. This should offer a good temperature gradient. I like a digital probe thermometer or best is a temp gun which allows you to measure all temps with no fuss or muss.
Never leave prey in tank, that is correct. Pery will feed on the host in the tank.
Dubia roaches, silk worms, Phoenix worms are all good feeders, but for active prey dubia roaches and crickets are great.
A fecal would be wise along with a Vet check. I can locate some fir you with a State.
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From what you have described it sounds like he is hibernating/Brumating rather just hiding, If this is the case when the the temps go up he will be out and back to normal. I would get a weaight once a week and if all good and no loss allow him back int his burrow, but if weight loss then a Herp Vet visit will be needed
It is not the temps inside, but the seasonal changes outside that seem to be triggering this year. Since It is wild caught, the seasons may be more imprinted in them. I am seeing this a lot this wear with all reptiles.
Your Tank temps are great and conditions perfect. This seems self imposed brumation. The fact he did eat when was out is good. I am afraid the only thing we can do is dig him out at this point. It may be wise to have him seen by a Herp Vet to be sure no parasites, that may be adding to him wanting to go under. I am always concerned with wild caught Lizards.
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Great tank set up. You are doing the best you can and hopefully will eat for you.
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