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Prehensile-tailed Skink

Prehensile tailed skink is a type of skink found only in the Solomon Islands. It is the largest known surviving species of skink. The species is arboreal, nocturnal and herbivorous. The skink is known to live in social groups.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Sauria
    Infraorder Scincomorpha
    Family Scincidae
    Subfamily Lygosominae
    Genus Corucia
    Scientific Name Corucia zebrata

    Other Names Solomon Islands Skink, Monkey-tailed Skink, Zebra Skink, Giant Skink, Monkey Skink
    Size Around 32 in
    Weight 14 – 28 oz
    Color Dark green with patches of light brown or black; underside is light yellow to various shades of green
    Distribution Solomon Islands
    Habitat Primary and secondary tropical forests
    Diet Leaves, flowers, fruits, growing shoots of different varieties of plants
    Predators Large birds of prey, introduced  cats
    Breeding Season Year round
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous (producing young ones by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Litter Size 1 (rarely 2)
    Gestation Period 6 to 7 months
    Reproductive Age 2 years of age
    Average Lifespan Around 15 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Listed

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    Published on November 15th 2016 by under Skinks. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

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