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Prehensile-tailed Skink

Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House

Did You Know?

  • Prehensile-tailed skinks spend most of their time in trees. Their prehensile tail helps them balance and grasp branches. It will not regenerate if it is lost, however.
  • They are the only skink species that is entirely herbivorous.
  • Unlike most reptiles, prehensile-tailed skinks live in family groups that may include bonded adult pairs and their offspring.

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Overview

Scientific Name: Corucia zebrata

Class: Reptiles

Diet: Leaves, flowers, and fruit

Range: Solomon Islands

Endangered Status: Not Listed

More Information

Also known as monkey skinks, prehensile-tailed skinks can grow to 32 inches long, including their tail. They weigh around 2 pounds and are generally olive green with scattered black scales on their back and legs. They have long tails that help them climb.

During the day, these slow-moving reptiles hide in branches and tree hollows. They are ovoviviparous; females hatch eggs inside their body and give birth to one live offspring at a time. Their young stay with their family groups until they move on to form their own groups.

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