Allow me to introduce you to the Red-eyed Crocodile Skink.
Since these guys were recently discovered (mid to late nineties), there isn’t a whole lot that is known about them, but I’ll share a few facts with you here.
- These guys can grow up to ten inches in length, though the average is more like seven.
- They’re pretty shy and choose to play dead as their defense mechanism.
- Other than geckos, these guys are one of the only lizards that vocalize. Their sound is described as a barking noise when they’re in distress
- Average lifespan is listed at around 6 years
I know it’s kinda late for this update since this post already has 80k notes but I just wanted to let you all know that I checked a few other sources recently and learned that the average lifespan of the Red-eyed Crocodile Skink is more like 12-15 years. So that’s pretty nice.
(Source: cincinnatizoo.org, via dangerscissor)