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Red-eyed Crocodile Skink

Tribolonotus gracilis

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Tribolonotus gracilis
Class: Reptile
Weight: 1.3 to 1.6 ounces
Life span: 5 to 12 years
Conservation status: Least concern
Number of eggs: 1 egg at a time

About

I LIVE IN ASIA

Crocodile skinks were only discovered recently in the early 1990s on the island of Papa New Guinea. Scientists still don’t know much information about this skink species, but they do know this skink species prefers tropical rainforest habitats.


I AM AN INSECTIVORE

Red-eyed crocodile skinks are largely insectivores. They consume a variety of insects like fruit flies, small crickets, and meal worms.


RED-EYED CROCODILE SKINKS ARE SOLITARY

Red-eyed crocodile skinks are mostly solitary, sometimes they will live together in adults pairs.


SUIT OF ARMOR

Just like crocodiles, crocodile skinks have four lines of plated spines on their backs. Their heads also have bony plates, like a helmet. All of these plates act as a suit of armor to protect the lizard from predators.


HELPING THE RED-EYED CROCODILE SKINK IN THE WILD

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Conservation

Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.

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