CROCODILE SKINK

CROCODILE SKINK

CROCODILE SKINK

DIET: Insectivore

STATUS IN THE WILD: Least Concern/Unknown

RANGE: Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands

PHYSICAL FEATURES AND CHARACTERISTICS

Crocodile skinks are very small, only averaging six inches when fully grown. They are tan and dark brown in color and have a very distinct appearance. Looking like small dinosaurs, croc skinks are “armored” with lots of rough bumps and spikes. Males have slightly larger spikes than females, but, in general, the species is not very sexually dimorphic.

LIFESTYLE AND REPRODUCTION

These skinks are very secretive, and there is still much to be learned about them. For defense mechanisms, their only options are to hide, play dead, or squeak. They live in moist areas like rainforests and riverbanks, and spend most of their time hiding under leaf litter and logs. Skinks are not very social, meeting up only to reproduce. They lay a single egg at a time and do not reproduce very often.

RANGE

These skinks can be found on the coast of Papua New Guinea and several close-by islands.

HABITAT

They typically inhabit rainforest floors and shore sides.

DIET

Crocodile skinks eat any and all soft-bodied insects.

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