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Tribolonotus gracilis, commonly known as the red-eyed crocodile skink, is a species of skink that is sometimes kept as an exotic pet. The species is endemic to New Guinea, where it lives in a tropical rainforest habitat. It was first described by Nelly de Rooij in 1909. Contents 1 Habitat 2 Behavior 3 Reproduction 4 Captivity 5 References
Red eyed crocodile skinks have a strong, stout body and legs. 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 red-eyed crocodile skink has a strong, stout body and legs, and is dark brown dorsally and laterally, with a yellowish, 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 resemble the dorsal scales of a crocodile.
The Red-Eyed Crocodile Skink ( Tribolonotus gracilis) first appeared in the pet trade in 1994. Since that time these little alligator impersonators in eyeshadow have become increasingly popular. As befits their name, Red-Eyed Crocodile Skinks have keeled scales that resemble a crocodile’s skin and red-orange rings around their eyes.
Description of the Crocodile Skink. This species of skink is relatively small, with a maximum length of approximately four inches. They have stout bodies with four rows of pointed scales along their back. These rows of scales give them a crocodilian appearance. Their eyes are ringed with bright red/orange scales, hence the name “red-eyed.
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