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|Red-eyed crocodile skink|
Tribolonotus gracilis, commonly known as red-eyed crocodile skink, is a species of skink that is sometimes kept as exotic pets. The species is endemic to New Guinea, where it lives in the tropical rainforest.
Tribolonotus 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).
The red-eyed crocodile skink's sex can be identified using the pores on their front feet, as only males have these "pores". Females have only a single working ovary (right ovary), laying one egg at a time. The female often curls around the egg. They show tendencies for mother-child family groups. Male crocodile skinks will battle other males for females and females can be territorial as well.
Red-eyed crocodile skinks are popular in the pet trade but are still considered exotic pets. For captivity they require a large terrarium that can withstand high humidity that the species requires. For nutrient most red-eyed crocodile skinks eat a variety of insects such as fruit flies, mealworms, and small crickets. Like most species of reptiles in captivity, crocodile skinks need a calcium supplement with their regular food.
- The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
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- "Red Eyed Crocodile Skink (Tribolonotus gracilis) Care Sheet | Reptile Blog". www.kjreptilesupplies.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
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