Crocodile Skinks can be an elusive pet, due to their natural crepuscular lifestyle and camouflage against earthy substrates. However they are capable of swimming, some climbing and can be keen hunters of live food so you wont be missing out when it comes to watching your pet. For an adult skink we recommend a tank size of 90 x 45 x 45cm to ensure they have good opportunity for roaming and exercise. A good portion of the tank can also incorporate a large water source such as a pool, waterfall or built in stream, assisting in humidity and encouraging natural aquatic behaviours. Other tank additions could be cork bark, logs, rocks and foliage and all additions will go in the way of providing exercise and mental stimulation as well as making your skink feel comfortable.
To provide an essential basking spot a bulb or ceramic should be used alongside the relevant thermostat. The hottest area in the tank, under this basking bulb, should remain around 30-32C during the day. During the night, a natural night time drop can be achieved of around 15C, usually without heating though this should be tested and never assumed. Hides should be available on both the warm side and cool side as your skink is most likely to bask out of sight. As well as heating, these skinks will also require UVB, which is provided in a tube such as Arcadia T5 6% which would be adequate as long the bulb is 40-45cm away, much lower and Arcadia's shade dweller may be more suited. This bulb is used in a 12 hour cycle and replaced every 12 months - other bulbs may differ.
This species also require a higher humidity of between 70-90% which can be reached with good substrate choices such as soil and mosses, large water sources, general misting and even the addition of foggers, which make a even more visually pleasing habitat. You could also plant live foliage in the enclosure to promote an even more natural experience for your animals.
Being insectivores the Crocodile Skink will feed on a variety of live prey items such as crickets, cockroaches, locust, earthworms, small snails and calci worms - which should be dusted with relevant calcium and multi vitamin supplements. Live food isn't necessary to feed daily and in fact a couple of starve days in a week will ensure the skink stays within a healthy weight.
Swell SuperStore Red Eye Crocodile Skink:
- Current Age/Size - juvenile, 17cm approx (8cm snout to vent)
- Adult Expected Size - 8-10 Inches
- Habitat - Forest floors of South East Asia amongst leaf litter, mosses and tree crevices. Commonly found close by water, amongst vegetation. Terrestrial living.
- Required Enclosure Size - 90 x 45 x 45cm
- UV Lighting - 1-2 UVI (6% T5, or ShadeDweller - height dependent)
- Expected Lifespan - 7-10 years
- Temperature Gradient - 20-32C
- Humidity Levels -70-90%
- Feeding - Live food such as crickets, locust, cockroaches, earthworms, snails and calci worms
- Handling - Generally quite skittish, handling in moderation, individual dependent.
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