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Red-Eye Crocodile Skink (Tribolonotus gracilis)

Red-Eye Crocodile Skink (Tribolonotus gracilis) are found in  Indonesia And The Island Of New Guinea Red-eyed crocodile skinks are often found living under forest debris. While they dig, creating nests between the debris and the soil. Seems like they like to nest near water.

Most noteworthy, the substrate should always be moist, Although they are very capable climbers. Most of all they spend most of their time on the ground.  Seems like they often are found searching for small worms, grubs, and insects. Also relevant, Mark O’Shea observed red-eyed crocodile skinks colonizing piles of discarded coconut husks. As a result of his time on coconut plantations on Kar Kar Island, Mandang Province, Papua New Guinea. Hense, red-eyed crocodile skinks are tropical lizards. Therefore, they do best in glass terrariums with humidity levels between 70 and 90 percent and a temperature range of 73 to 81 degrees. In addition, terrarium humidity and temperature control may be aided by employing glass terrarium tops, by the type and wattage of lighting used, and by the use of under tank heating pads with thermostatic control.

An adult pair may be comfortably maintained in a 3-foot-square aquarium. First of all the enclosure should contain 3 to 6 inches of the substrate. And live plants do great if they are used in the décor. Because the substrate used should promote evaporation and not encourage mold, my personal favorite is a layered substrate. Therefore, using a 1- to a 2-inch upper layer of long-fiber sphagnum moss, topped with brown oak leaves and a wicking/drainage lower layer of hydroponic clay. In addition, if a shallow water level is maintained at all times in the bottom hydroponic layer, water will continuously wick up to the top layer, Hense, providing the terrarium with a constant, regulated supply of moisture and humidity. Most important, layered substrates such as this also encourage colonies of edible micro-fauna to establish, providing a naturalistic habitat for the skinks to forage through.

Another important reason to have a  partially buried water dish for drinking and soaking is surprising, red-eyed crocodile skinks are able to hold their breath for quite some time under water, and they may submerge themselves in the water dish if startled.

MBD-  Metabolic Bone Disease  can be managed but not cured. To avoid MBD proper calcium should be provided. Infection- Infections can be severe to this species if an infection occurs consult a reptile and exotics vet before treating.  Both adults and babies should have their food supplemented with Repti-Calcium with D-3, we also gut load our feeders before feeding them to our crocodile skinks. Crickets and mealworms can be the staple diet. Vary this with earthworms, spiders, small beetles, moths, caterpillars and even small guppies and mosquitofish placed in the water bowl.

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