Success - Hatchling Crocodile Skinks!
Just wanted to introduce everyone to my little bundles of joy.
These baby Tribolonotus Novaeguineae A.K.A. Crocodile Skinks or Helmeted Skinks, were hatched during July and August. The babies are 6 weeks apart as female Crocodile skinks only have one ovaduct and as a result, can only lay one egg at a time. The great thing about that is the mother is extremely maternal and this leads to all kinds of kodak moments. Since most geckos and lizards will eat their young, it was especially rewarding to see the mother skink taking care of her little ones. The father has remained in the main skink tank while mom and the babies are in long-term isolation. Incubation for the first egg was between 65-75 days, kept at an consistent 85% humidity and 76-79F. The first egg was left in-tank for incubation, the second egg was cracked by the male and was kept in makeshift incubation outside the tank for the last 3 weeks of it's incubation period (roughly 81 days total).
The father was obtained from the WCRE and the mother was obtained, very sickly, from Pet Land. As with most wild caught reptiles, her parasite load was extremely high, totaling 7 different types of parasites living in her gut. It took months of rehab, medicine and specialized care to get the female healthy enough to take interest in the male. T. Novaeguineae has seemingly only been bred once in Canada and this is certainly the first pair of CB siblings in Canada. If you have had experience hatching out this species or the red-eyed Tribolonotus Gracilis, I'd love to hear from you. Overall, this is a wonderful but highly misunderstood species that exists in the pet industry almost entirely due to wild caught imports. I would not recommend keeping crocodile skinks due to their stressed and shy nature and their specific habitat requirements also adds to the difficulty in keeping them successfully.
If anyone is genuinely interested in the species, I would like to think I have amassed almost all available 'laymans' literature on them and can advise on anyone looking to source and invest in crocodile skinks. All photos taken with a crummy blackberry Q10 camera.
Sorry, the hatchlings are not for sale at this time but typical prices for wild caught specimens are between $175-$250.
Last edited by bigshynepo; 12-13-2014 at 05:15 PM.
Snakes: Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia, Lampropeltis pyromelana, Lampropeltis zonata agalma (bartlett phase), Lampropeltis triangulum campbelli
Lizards & Geckos: Tribolonotus novaeguineae, Goniurosaurus luii, Lamprolepis smaragdina, Eublepharis macularius, Paroedura pictus, Lepidothyris fernandi, Emoia nigra, Uroplatus Sikorae, Plestiodon fasciatus, Leiocephalus personatus, Hemidactylus frenatus