Species group: Skinks
Other common names: Red-Eyed Bush Crocodile Skink; Red-Eyed Armored Skink; Casque-headed Skink; Helmet Skink; Spiny-tailed Skink; Bush Crocodile
Scientific name: Tribolonotus gracilis
The Orange-Eyed Crocodile Skink (or "Red-Eyed Bush Crocodile Skink") is a species of skink native to New Guinea. They live in tropical forests and have also been found in human-populated areas. T. gracilis is one of the few species of lizards that vocalize when in distress. When startled, they tend to freeze and have been known to "play dead" (even when handled).
Appearance / health:
Orange-Eyed Crocodile Skinks are a dull rough gray color, with red/orange rings around their eyes, Males are considerably longer than females, have larger helmets and darker, yellowish-brown undersides, as opposed to the females' lighter, cream-colored bellies.
Behavior / temperament:
They show tendencies for mother-child family groups. Male crocodile skinks will battle other males for females and females can be territorial as well.
10 gallon aquarium for one skink, and a 20 gallon for 2. They do well in temperatures between 70F - 80F (22C to 27C) and with 60% to 100% humidity.
Under proper care and optimum conditions, Orange-Eyed Crocodile Skinks have a life expectancy of about 10-15 years.
Mainly insects, but also worms, slugs, and even small mammals, such as young mice.
Crocodile skinks can be sexed using the pores on their front feet as only males have these "pores". Females have only a single working ovary, laying one egg at a time. The female often curls around the egg.
Dinosaurs Reptile fans, hardy captives, great lizard, skink enthusiast
mild handling, shy species, hiding, pretty elaborate habitat, eating habits, nocturnal animals
captive bred crocodile, New Guinea natives, draconic appearance, subtank heat pads
From Kacie Bingham Sep 29 2017 6:51PM
Reptile fans are often drawn to dinosaurs, and in this odd little beast – rare even in zoos until the mid-1990’s – we can combine our passions! Even by lizard standard, crocodile skinks seem somewhat “prehistoric”. This, and the fact that they are hardy bit in need of much study, makes them an ideal choice for the serious skink enthusiast.
These New Guinea natives are nocturnal, and so if provided a healthful diet do fine without UVB exposure. Red reptile night-viewing bulbs will allow you to watch your pets after dark (they sense little if any of the light produced by these bulbs). As lizards go, crocodile skinks favor cool temperatures – 72-80 F, with a basking site of 84 F, and very high humidity. A thick layer of cypress moss will help in this regard, but watch that lights or sub-tank heat pads do not dry out the substrate.
A varied diet comprised of roaches, crickets, earthworms, hornworms, sow bugs, butter worms, calciworms and wild-caught insects, along with vitamin/mineral supplements, is essential to their well-being; crickets and mealworms alone will not suffice..
From findiviglio Nov 15 2015 3:44PM
Tough Lizard to Keep
I had 2 of these lizards a male and a female. They are super cool looking lizards and look exactly like crocodiles. They are easy to handle and are completely harmless. They don't get big and they don't bite. Basically you can have a crocodile without all the danger. The downside on these lizards is that no one has mastered the art of really keeping their environment to their needs. I am sure people have mastered it, but there can't be many. These lizards are super hard to find and rare, because they are hard to keep. I did so much research on these lizards that I was dreaming about them. The websites vary on how to set up their environment. There is no one clear successful way to keep their environment. I tried everything that all the experts recommended and both of my lizards died.. They are super super picky eaters and most of the time will not eat in front of you, because they are shy. They will also no come out of their hiding in front of you. They are nocturnal animals and come out at night. The only thing I can recommend on these lizards is do a lot of research on the habitat and make sure you have a suitable outstanding habitat that nearly replicates their natural environment before you even get them. I will never own another one of these lizards.. I have heard to many people say theirs die and the habitat is hard to create. I would not recommend this lizard as a pet for that reason. Again, they are super cool and tame lizards... but the habitat and their eating habits will kill them.. If you don't get those right, you won't have the lizard for long....
From eramba14 Jul 14 2014 5:49PM