Prehensile-tailed Skink

Prehensile-tailed Skink

Prehensile-tailed Skink
Corucia zebrata


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Squamata
FAMILY
Scincidae

Range

Solomon Islands, South Pacific


Habitat

Tropical rain forests


Diet

Primarily vegetation

Weight

14 - 18 oz.

Head to Tail

Up to 32 in.

Gestation

6 - 7 months

Young

1

IUCN Status

Not Listed

CITES

Appendix II

Facts

  • It is the largest known species of skink
  • Unlike other skinks, it is arboreal.
  • Tail can be used like an extra appendage, but lacks tail autonomy (allows tails to breakoff).
  • Claws and strong digits allow for climbing.
  • Also known as giant skink or monkey tail skink.
  • Young are born 6 - 9 inches in length.

 

Conservation

This species has been over collected for the pet trade.

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