Red Eyed crocodile skink lifespan
In captivity, it is believed that a baby red eyed crocodile skink can live as long as 10-14 years. In the wild, however, it is believed that the average lifespan of a crocodile skink is only 6 years. With proper habitat, humidity, diet and care, your baby skink can live for over a decade. For this reason, be sure you are able to care for your baby skink for at least 10 years! It is always important to consider how long does a crocodile skink live for? Before buying your new baby skink and bringing he or she home.
Red eyed crocodile skink habitat
Crocodile skinks prefer daytime temperatures in the area of 82-84 degrees. Night-time temps can be as low as 73 degrees but really should not dip below 70. Keep in mind crocodile skinks prefer humidity at all times. For this reason, we recommend humidity levels above 70 percent year-round. In the wild, Red-eyed crocodile skinks may sometimes be found living under forest leaves, piles of debris, which they dig into. Usually, they are found creating their “nests” in piles of leaf litter and forest debris near ponds, lakes, streams, or some type of small body of water.
Red eyed crocodile skink tank
Using a tank of at least 20 gallons for one, or 55 gallons for a pair of crocodile skinks works best. Whether it be a terrarium, used fish tank, aquarium etc, they all work well. Once you have purchase your crocodile skink habitat, be sure to spend time setting it up properly. Provide plenty of hiding areas for your baby red eyed crocodile skink to feel secure. The more secure your baby skink feels, the more relaxed he or she will be, and therefore will be easier to handle etc. Taming your skink is something you should work on nearly as soon as you get he or she home. Let them settle in for about a week, and then begin to work with them by placing them in your hand and letting them sit a top of it.
Crocodile skink substrate
Using something like forest floor cypress mulch works well for both baby and adult crocodile skinks. By holding humidity, and controlling smell, we feel like that is probably the best crocodile skink substrate for sale on the market. If you are looking to save money, you can try to locate a cypress mulch locally, however it may have been treated with something that could be harmful to the baby skink, therefore we stick to the zoomed forest floor product. Substrate should be changed at least every 6-8 weeks as needed.
The bigger the habitat the cleaner it stays…
Larger habitats will not require being changed as often as smaller habitats will. Spraying down the substrate also will help maintain humidity as it naturally dries out over time with heat and UVB lamps above it. Burrowing is common for both baby, juvenile and adult red eyed crocodile skinks and therefore should not be a concern.
Crocodile Skink Humidity
Crocodile skinks require high humidity. Humidity is key to proper growth, proper shedding, and preventing dehydration. It is recommended that you keep the humidity in the range of 70 to 80%. By having the correct substrate, as well as the correct depth of substrate, you will be able to maintain humidity by periodically spraying down the substrate with a water spraying device. Other options for maintaining humidity include utilizing a reptile fogger. Sometimes people will put a fogging system plugged into the same electric outlet controlled by the light timer. This way in the morning when the lights go on, so does the father. By filling the fogger and evenings you will be able to maintain a day night cycle with the morning fog simulation.Reptile foggers are available here at CB reptile.
Crocodile Skink Temperature
Try to keep the temperature between 75 to 82 degrees during the day. In the evenings, the temperature can drop about by about 10 degrees and should remain above 70. For decor, Red eye crocodile skinks don’t require branches or plants. They do like to swim, however, and will dehydrate rapidly if kept too dry. Usually providing a hot and cold spot is best. Using a basking lamp, like a Mercury vapor bulb during the daytime works great and also gives off some UVA and UVB as well. Other heating alternatives include Heating element, typically 50, 75, or 100 W of power depending on the area you’re trying to heat and how high above the habitat you have the heating element mounted.Keep in mind that heating lamps and heating elements will dry out both the substrate and the air so re-hydrating the habitat will be necessary to maintain humidity required to properly caring for your baby red eyed crocodile skink.
Red Eyed Crocodile Skink Care Sheet
Our care sheet on the red eyed crocodile skink includes detailed care guides provided by the CB Reptile staff biologist about the following topics:
When setting up your new captive bred baby red eyed crocodile skink for sale habitat, be sure to: Provide several hiding spots, allowing the skinks to choose the ones they feel most comfortable in. Large coconut huts, or slightly curved pieces of cork bark, work well. If the pair are compatible, they will eventually choose to stay together in a single hide. Make an indentation, several inches deep, directly underneath the chosen hide and fill it with a loosely packed, slightly damp mixture of peat moss and potting soil for the pair to dig into.
Red eyed crocodile skink diet
Crocodile skinks should be fed a variety of small insects. All insects should be dusted with a mixture of a reptile vitamin and calcium. Feed your baby skink insects like grubs and worms, which may include crickets, Dubia roaches, wax-worms, mealworms, super-worms or even earthworms. They key to a happy skink is a well fed skink that is eating a wide variety of food. By feeding a variety of insects that have been gut loaded and dusted with vitamins, you can ensure your baby skink will grow up healthy and strong. Lastly, do not over feed vitamin d3. Using calcium with vitamin d3 is great, but no more than twice a week.
Red eyed crocodile skink size
How big does a red eyed crocodile skink get? Interestingly, crocodile skinks for sale are some of the smallest of all species of skinks. If you are looking for a small skink species, or small breed of skink, consider the beautiful red eye crocodile skink for sale. Baby Crocodile skinks only reach sizes of 8-10 ” on average, including tails and are at full size at 1 year of age. Considered a young adult when they are as little as 8 months of age, crocodile skinks stay small. Their relatively small size, coupled with their cuteness and ability to be tamed with time and care, Crocodile skinks can make great pet reptiles. Full grown red eyed crocodile skinks can weigh anywhere between 36-and 45 grams, so they are super light to pick up!
Their coloration is is dark brown with a yellowish, to tan cream-colored underbelly. It derives part of its common name, “crocodile skink,” from its four rows of dorsal, backward-curving keeled scales, each one tapering to a point, which resembles the dorsal scales of a crocodile. The flanks of T. gracilis have tubercles, whereas the flanks and have small keeled scales. In T. gracilis, the iris is dark brown and decorated by a bright reddish-orange semicircle of scales, while one has only a small patch of light orange-to-yellow coloration at the front of the eyes. The length of both skinks is 8 to 10 centimeters (snout to vent), with a tail roughly the same length as the body.
Baby red eyed crocodile skinks for sale near me
Red-eyed crocodile skinks are shy by nature, unless socialized. In nature they are active mostly from dawn to dusk. Crocodile skinks for sale are also vocal from time to time. Especially when they are threatened as well as if they are defending their crocodile skink babies. Vocalizations of both male and female skinks have been recorded and analyzed. Interestingly, the analysis performed, shows there are differences between male and female noises so we are able to learn that there is sexual acoustical dimorphism in this species. Juvenile red eyed crocodile skinks for sale have the same body type and skin texture as the adults. However, there is a noticeable difference in the head and eye colors. The head of a juvenile red eye crocodile skink for sale is a creamy brown color. The iris of the eye is blue in color. At this age, the eyes have no sign of the reddish-orange scales. The red orange scales are only present in older juveniles and of course adults. Red to orange eye scale colors come in at about 6 months of age.