Tribolonotus gracilis

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Red-eyed crocodile skink
Red-Eyed Crocodile Skink.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Tribolonotus
T. gracilis
Binomial name
Tribolonotus gracilis

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.[1]


Tribolonotus gracilis are found in New Guinea island in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. They live in tropical forests and have also been found in human-populated areas.[citation needed]


Tribolonotus gracilis is one of the few species of skinks that vocalize[1] when in distress. When startled, they tend to freeze and have been known to "play dead" (even when handled).[citation needed]


The red-eyed crocodile skink's sex can be identified by the white pads, or pores, on their hind feet. Only males have these "pores".Template:Https:// Females have only a single working ovary (right ovary), laying one egg at a time.[citation needed] The female often curls around the egg.[citation needed] They show tendencies for mother-child family groups.[citation needed] Male crocodile skinks will battle other males.


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.[2]


  1. ^ a b c The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ Russell, Matt. "Crocodile Sking Animal Biography" (PDF). Animal Biography. Retrieved 26 January 2017.

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