Orange – Eyed Crocodile Skink Caresheet

 

Background Information
The Orange-Eyed Crocodile skink originates from Papua New Guinea and has also been found in the Admiralty Islands. This small to medium sized skink grows to a length of 8 – 10 inches. As the words “orange-eyed” and “crocodile” suggest, these skinks have crocodilian-like spines across their backs and war paint orange around their eyes. It is a shy and secretive species and spends most of its time hiding away (possibly to avoid predation due to its size). As well as their crocodilian looks, they are also very good swimmers and enjoy spending time in water. 

Level of Experience

Beginner to Intermidiate

Habitat

Tropical Rainforest

Life Span

12 years Approx

Active Time of Day

Crepuscular

Natural Prey

Insects

Terrestrial / Semi Arboreal / Arboreal / Aquatic / Fossorial

Terrestrial

Reproduction

Mate: Spring
Lay: Summer

Clutch Size

Single egg every 6 - 9 weeks

Breeding Weights / Length / Age

Males: 35g+ / 8 inches / 2 years of age
Females: 35g+ / 8 inches / 2 years of age

Brumation Time

N / A

Brumation Temperature

N / A

Incubation Time

47 - 82 days

Incubation Temperature

24 – 27 ’C

There are no different colour variations for this species. 


Captive Requirements and Welfare
Crocodile skinks don’t need a majorly large enclosure as they like to be secretive and secure, so as long as plenty of hides are given to them, stress shouldn’t be an issue. Lighting wise, a full spectrum of UVA/UVB would benefit the health of your skink. Since little is known about their lighting requirements, it’s always beneficial to give them the best lighting to prevent any health issues. Since hoppers can climb out of the skinks reach on occasion, crickets or mealworms would be a better suited diet as this species can easily catch insects that are restricted to the ground. Being a tropical forest species, they need a high humidity level of 70 – 90%. Occasional misting of the enclosure is important to maintain this high humidity level. Eco-earth/coco-fibre and orchid bark are ideal substrates to keep this humidity and also to prevent this species going off their food as they may do if they were housed on a non natural substrate. Hydroballs are a useful product to place underneath the eco earth to prevent water from sitting at the bottom of the vivarium. Heated by heat mats will evaporate the stored water back into the air to help with humidity. Tribs are best kept singly or in pairs as males fight when they reach maturity and females get very defensive over their territory .

Vivarium size

30x30x30cm for hatchling
2ft x 1.5ft x 1.5ft for adult / 3ft x 1.5 x 1.5ft for adult pair

Daytime Temperature (cool – warm)

22 – 30 ‘C

Night-time Temperature

20 – 24 ‘C

Heating / Lighting Equipment (on timer)

Arcadia T8 6% UVB tube with spot lamp. Heat mat can be placed underneath Hydroballs to evaporate water into the air.

Substrate

Most Natural: Eco earth + orchid Bark
Alternatives: Not Advised

Hides

2 at minimum: one on each side a 3rd hide would be beneficial due to their secretive nature.

Decor

fake plants make these skinks feel more secure

Water

Fresh water will likely need to be provided daily as due to their frequent bathing the bowl gets muddy very quickly.

Food (Feeding)

Small sized hoppers / crickets or mealworms every other day then increase as they grow. Waxworms as an occasional treat to vary the diet.

Cleaning

Spot every other day,full clean monthly