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Awesome Baby Skink Hatches at Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo welcomed a new addition on February 10 – a two-inch-long Crocodile Skink (Tribolonotus gracilis). It’s the first time this lizard species has ever hatched at the zoo. The hatchling weighed two grams, approximately the weight of a pencil eraser.
This little Crocodile Skink came as a surprise to zoo keepers. Late last year, zoo keepers discovered that the zoo’s two adult Crocodile Skinks had produced an egg in their exhibit. Zoo keeper Dave Messmann accidentally disturbed the egg while cleaning the Skinks’ aquarium. “We were concerned about the disturbance. It’s best practice to avoid moving a reptile egg,” Messmann said. That’s because if a reptile egg is disturbed, an air pocket inside the egg can shift, potentially causing the embryo to suffocate…
(read more: ZooBorns)
photos by Ft. Wayne Children’s Zoo