Red Eyed Crocodile Skink


Red Eyed Crocodile Skink

Scientific Name

Tribolonotus gracilis


These shy and secretive lizards love to hide, meaning theirbehaviour in the wild has not been frequently observed.They will spend most of their time hiding underneath forestlitter but, when threatened, they are one of the few lizardsto make vocalisations to defend themselves. Some peopledescribe this distressed sound as a small ‘squawking’sound whereas others think it is more like high pitched‘barking’. If this doesn’t work, they will simply play dead inorder to be left alone!

The red-eyed crocodile skink looks rather like a miniaturecrocodile. Their most unique feature are the reddish-orangescales which ring around their eyes and give them theirname. This colouring develops at around 6months of age,when they reach maturity. Before this stage, juveniles arevery different in appearance with brown, creamy colouredheads and light blue irises.


Red-eyed crocodile skinks mostly eat a diet of insects,coming out to hunt during dusk and dawn and/ or at night.

Size Fact

When born they are a tiny 6cm long. 


Food Fact

In the wild they have been known to eat flowers or fruits if available. 


IUCN Red list

Least concern.

Where do I live?

Red-eyed crocodile skinks are native tothe tropical forests of Indonesia and thesurrounding islands.They are usually found in moist areasclose to water.

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