Crocodile Skink

STATUSLeast Concern

COMMON NAME (SCIENTIFIC NAME)Tribolonotus gracilis

DIETInsects of all sorts, especially soft bodied insects like termites

RANGENorthern Papua New Guinea, including off shore islands

HABITATLive along coconut plantations and tropical forests near creeks

Crocodile Skink

Status: Not yet evaluated

The crocodile skink has an armored appearance. Their head is triangular in shape with six bony points. Bright orange rings nearly surrounds each eye. Adults have a solid reddish brown with the orange ring and juveniles have a dark brownish black with a cream belly. When threatened they will freeze or “play dead” and to run for cover.

Habitat/Range:   Northern Papua New Guinea, including off shore islands. Live along coconut plantations and tropical forests near creeks.

Diet in Wild: Insects of all sorts, especially soft bodied insects like termites

Diet in Zoo: Receives four crickets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Crickets dusted with ReptiCal on Wednesday

Predators: No natural predators in the wild however they will play dead if they feel threatened.

Life Cycle/ Social Structure: Lay one egg at a time and will hatch after 65-75 days. The male will protect the eggs while the female will go and search for food. Family groups are usually mother child based and males will fight other males for females but female can also be territorial

 Life Span: 5-6 years in captivity

Interesting Facts:

  • They seem to be the only lizards outside the gecko family that can make a high pitched barking noise when distressed
  • Not a lot of research has been done about them since they have only been recently discovered
  • Females only have one working ovary, the right one.

Conservation Message: Potentially habitat loss and pet trade.

What You Can Do: Do your research before buying a pet. Make sure they are being purchased from a reliable breeder and not captured from a wild population.

Bibliography
http://eol.org/
http://cincinnatizoo.org/