The two males here are circling around the female...

This is an unusual sight. Males usually fight. These males are the brother

and son of the female, not a good

genetic situation...

Birth...

Parenting
Captive breeding programs may be the only means left for conserving C. zebrata, and information on the relationship between activity and thermal biology is crucial for effective captive breeding programmes.

Pregnant females seem to seek out cooler areas of the enclosure. One in particlular has babies usually in Feburary and March in San Diego, the coldest part of the year.Pregnant females sometimes will soak in their water dishes 2-3 days before delivery and the babies are usually born at night.

A circulus is a rarely occurring reptilian social group where there is interaction and personal exchange between individuals. Members will often protect and defend young - even if not of direct genetic linkage. "Circulus" is a Latin based term; one definition of the word is "a social gathering or circle company".[1] Most reptiles are indifferent socially to each other as adults or to offspring.

As in the case of Corucia, the young tend to stay close to the parents, especially, the mother who guards the neonate. One father was very attentive to his son, the two sleeping side-by-side sometimes with his arm over the young one.

Birth
The family seems to be a important part of skink relationships. This is a rare quality of reptile life. It also makes keeping groups of skinks for breeding challenging. Introducing new individuals to the group is hard or impossible. Two of my female use to get along in a group of three adult females, their offspring, and one male. I have two enclosures with a father and sonWhen moving to a new house, groups females with their young, were separated in different smaller side-by-side enclosers, for a year. In wanting to introduce them back into a large encloser together the females violently attacked each other.

Family...

Family

The family seems to be a important part of skink relationships. This is a rare quality of reptile life. It also makes keeping groups of skinks for breeding challenging. Introducing new individuals to the group is hard or impossible. Two of my female use to get along in a group of three adult females, their offspring, and one male. I have two enclosures with a father and sonWhen moving to a new house, groups females with their young, were separated in different smaller side-by-side enclosers, for a year. In wanting to introduce them back into a large encloser together the females violently attacked each other.

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