crocodile skink care sheet

Crocodile Skink Care Sheet

Crocodile Skinks a.k.a Red Eye Crocodile Skinks (Tribolonotus gracilas) or White Eyed Crocodile Skinks (Tribolonotus novaeguineae)
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Intro to Crocodile Skinks
Crocodile Skink are small, nocturnal, terrestrial lizards native to New Guinea and Indonesia. The most commonly kept varities are white eyed crocodile skinks and red eye crocodile skinks. With proper husbandry and care, they can live around 5+ years in captivity. Crocodile Skinks are sensitive to heat and need high humidity which makes them a pet reptiles for intermediate keepers. 
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Crocodile Skink Care
Crocodile Skinks spend the majority of their time on the ground. Decorating their enclosures with foliage, caves, and logs will help them feel safe and offer enrichment. The absolute minimum terrarium size for a Crocodile Skink is a 20 gallon long tank or something with similar dimensions. Many keepers keep them in an ambient temperature of 75 degrees F, but you may offer them a hot spot of no more than 80 degrees F. With or without UVB we always recommend offering supplements like a multivitamin and calcium.
The key to proper care for Crocodile Skinks is Humidity. They need ~80% which can easily be obtained with misting and proper substrate. You may use Eco Easrth, ReptiSoil, or Coco mixed with Moss to achieve their humidity requirements. Feeding these is easy as they are insectivores. Juveniles should be fed daily, and adults should be fed 3-5x/week depending on body condition.
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Crocodile Skinks For Sale in the Pet Trade
Crocodile Skinks have become a very popular pet! Captive Bred animals are available and usually sell out quick. Some breeders are working with these because the demand is so high. Wild Caught Imported Animals are more commonly available. Though imported animals may have a negative stigma, these are brought in legally with proper paperwork and in quantities that are allowed through governing laws. 




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