Red-Eyed Croc Skinks

ERKleRose

Chameleon Enthusiast
I’ve been really interested in red-eyed croc skinks for the last 5-6 months or so. Not a lot of care info on them. I was wondering if anyone here has experience with them? I know they’re only display animals and love to hide, I don’t plan on handling them often, if ever.
 

ChameleonRave

Avid Member
I’ve been really interested in red-eyed croc skinks for the last 5-6 months or so. Not a lot of care info on them. I was wondering if anyone here has experience with them? I know they’re only display animals and love to hide, I don’t plan on handling them often, if ever.


I would recommend checking out SoCal Herps. They breed Red Eyes Croc Skinks! They have a YouTube channel as well that you can search for their care tutorials as well. I grouped that together with contacting other breeders for care as well as other care sheets I happened to find online.

I keep my single female in a 10 gallon enclosure, that is bio active. I use a 40 watt nano bulb and heat fixture for additional heat. These animals don’t bask and tend to bury into the substrate. Mine mostly hides under the water dish since it’s really humid below. I use an old zoomed reptisun 5.0 linear tube for UV exposure. These animals are crepuscular so they are really only ever active in dusk and dawn. I provide a lot of ground cover with leaves and cork so they feel more secure. I also have put up something on each side of the cage besides one side. This will help make the animal feel a bit more secure. I also have a food dish filled at all times with grub type feeders as they scavenge for food. This dish is covered by a large cork piece that has enough clearance so the skink can access its food. She also eats a lot of isopods that are in the enclosure.

The most important thing I can stress about keeping this species is that you need to make sure there is a clean water dish full of water at all times. I use a plant pot drainage tray, she often lays in the water. Provide a lot of hiding places as well.

I keep my temperatures around 74 degrees and it drops down to about 70 at night.

Also just a forewarning. These animals will sqwuack at you if they’re feeling threatened. I generally access the cage daily to check water and food as well as misting the enclosure twice daily for about 30 seconds to boost humidity. I try to keep it at about 80% but generally it goes down to about 50% with the heating element. Thankfully she can crawl into hides that are more moist as well as having access to the water and digging into the substrate.
 

ERKleRose

Chameleon Enthusiast
I would recommend checking out SoCal Herps. They breed Red Eyes Croc Skinks! They have a YouTube channel as well that you can search for their care tutorials as well. I grouped that together with contacting other breeders for care as well as other care sheets I happened to find online.

I keep my single female in a 10 gallon enclosure, that is bio active. I use a 40 watt nano bulb and heat fixture for additional heat. These animals don’t bask and tend to bury into the substrate. Mine mostly hides under the water dish since it’s really humid below. I use an old zoomed reptisun 5.0 linear tube for UV exposure. These animals are crepuscular so they are really only ever active in dusk and dawn. I provide a lot of ground cover with leaves and cork so they feel more secure. I also have put up something on each side of the cage besides one side. This will help make the animal feel a bit more secure. I also have a food dish filled at all times with grub type feeders as they scavenge for food. This dish is covered by a large cork piece that has enough clearance so the skink can access its food. She also eats a lot of isopods that are in the enclosure.

The most important thing I can stress about keeping this species is that you need to make sure there is a clean water dish full of water at all times. I use a plant pot drainage tray, she often lays in the water. Provide a lot of hiding places as well.

I keep my temperatures around 74 degrees and it drops down to about 70 at night.

Also just a forewarning. These animals will sqwuack at you if they’re feeling threatened. I generally access the cage daily to check water and food as well as misting the enclosure twice daily for about 30 seconds to boost humidity. I try to keep it at about 80% but generally it goes down to about 50% with the heating element. Thankfully she can crawl into hides that are more moist as well as having access to the water and digging into the substrate.
Thanks! I know abo
 

ERKleRose

Chameleon Enthusiast
Thanks! I know abo
Sorry, I know about SoCal Herps and have read most of that, just wanted more opinions! I won’t be getting one until I finish my cham cage builds. I was planning on getting a male and female and building a custom cage out of epoxy paint sealed MDF with sliding glass doors. It’d be 36” long, 24” wide and tall, and there’d be a 6” height difference between the bottom of the sliding doors and the bottom of the cage for burrowing. I’m going to do bioactive and plan on having a filtered pool, kind of like a palidarium set up. What all do you feed yours?
 

hkitchen

Member
For feeders mine almost exclusively eats calci grubs, will eat superworms out of protest if we run out of the calci grubs. :)
 
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