The Red Eyed Crocodile Skink is a rare and unusual reptile that is gaining popularity. These lizards can be found primarily in New Guinea and Indonesia. They are well-known for their red eyed rings and armor-like scales (similar to crested geckos)! The Red Eyed Crocodile Skink is the most popular in captivity among the eight recognized species of Crocodile Skink.
The cage should have various rocks and logs for your Red Eyed Crocodile Skink to hide beneath to mimic its natural surroundings. They spend a lot of time in these cool, wet areas. A Red Eyed Crocodile Skink thrives in a glass habitat at least 10-gallons in size. A cage of this size will accommodate two skinks.
If you intend to keep three or four, your tank should be at least 20 gallons. Red Eyed Crocodile Skinks flourish in glass cages of various sizes. Make sure to have a wire or mesh top for your enclosure to keep them from escaping, because they can climb well if given the chance!
Red Eyed Crocodile Skinks prefer daytime temperatures ranging from 82 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit, with a minimum temperature of 75 degrees. Nighttime temperatures, on the other hand, can drop as low as 73 degrees Fahrenheit but should not fall below 70. As with most other reptiles, provide a warm and cool side in the enclosure to create a temperature gradient that will keep your skink happy and comfortable.
Lighting is critical for your Skink because UV B radiation promotes vitamin D3 production, which isomerizes from pre-vitamin D3. While vitamin D3 can be supplemented in their food, they should be exposed to 12 hours of UVB light per day. A heat lamp, in addition to UVB lighting, should be provided for a Red Eyed Crocodile Skink to provide a basking place.
In captivity, these skinks are unconcerned about their substrate. Paper towels are a form of substrate that is readily cleaned. Bacteria are more prone to develop in an environment that must be kept damp and humid, and paper towels allow for a faster and more efficient clean-up.
Another substrate that will simulate the natural setting of a rainforest is rich soil; however, this substrate may be more difficult to clean. It may also be more difficult to determine whether the soil has an excess of bacterial growth.
The Red Eyed Crocodile Skink is distinguished by its distinctive spinose scales, which are pointed and serve as protective armor. Their pinose scales resemble little crocodiles, therefore the name “Crocodile Skink.” They are not, however, a true crocodile.
Males are larger and stockier than females, and they have enlarged, orange-tinted scales at their umbilical scars. Both men and females display acoustic dimorphism in their voices, implying that their larynxes are physically different.
Red Eyed Crocodile Skinks spend most of their time in the wild hidden under wet rocks or logs. They emerge to feed on insects during dark and dawn. This is a natural behavioral pattern for them, as does the time they spend basking. When threatened, they will send out a chirp, squawk, or bark, a skill normally reserved for geckos.
A metabolic bone disease is the most common health issue among skinks (and other reptiles) in captivity. This ailment develops when the animal’s phosphorous-to-calcium ratio is out of balance, which is mainly caused by insufficient UV sunlight and, in certain cases, a bad diet. Weakening or shattered bones, tremors, tiredness, and general weakness are all symptoms.
Red Eyed Crocodile Skinks, like other lizards, can be vitamin A deficient. A supplement can help keep this from becoming a significant problem. All reptiles, including lizards, lose their skins at some time in their lives. If your skink is unable to shed completely or sheds sporadically, it could be a symptom of a health problem.
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