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Crocodile Skink Hatchling

Crocodile skink lizard hatchling was born a month ago at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and is doing well.

Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
This 1-month-old crocodile skink is the first of its kind born at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

Zoo’s baby boom grows by 1 with hatchling lizard

– Zoo officials announced Wednesday that yet another bouncing baby has joined the throng.

This one is about 2 inches long, has beady eyes, black lumpy scales and a brown helmetlike growth on top of its skull.

It is incredibly cute … in a reptilian sort of way.

It is a crocodile skink, the first hatched at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

The newest resident of the zoo’s Indonesian Rain Forest emerged from its egg a month ago, but zookeepers had feared the egg might not hatch at all.

They discovered the egg when zookeeper Dave Messmann accidentally disturbed it while cleaning the skinks’ aquarium.

“We were concerned about the disturbance,” Messmann said on the zoo’s blog. “An air pocket inside the egg can shift if the egg is moved, potentially causing the embryo to suffocate.”

Hoping for the best, zookeepers decided to incubate the egg and observe it. They constructed an incubator by filling a deli tub with wet moss and poking holes in the tub’s lid.

After 60 days, a live crocodile skink emerged.

At 11 days old, the baby weighed 2 grams – about three-fourths of an ounce. It will likely reach an adult length of 8 inches and weigh 1 pound.

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