Solomon Island Prehensile-Tailed Skink

Latin Name Corucia zebrata
Class Reptilia
Family Scincidae
Habitat Tropical Forests
IUCN status Not Evaluated
Distribution Solomon Islands Archipelago

General Information

Prehensile-tailed skinks, also known as monkey-tailed skinks are the largest know species of extant skink. 

Solomon Islands skinks are herbivores, feeding on the leaves, flowers, fruit, and growing shoots of several different species of plants.

The Solomon Islands skink is one of the few species of reptile that lives in a communal group known as a circulus. They reproduce by viviparous matrotrophy whereby the female provides a placenta for its young, which are born after a gestation period of six to eight months; live births are a rare trait among reptiles.

Extensive logging is a serious ongoing threat to the survival of this species, as is consumption for food by native people, and export demand for the pet trade. In 1992 Corucia zebrata was listed as a CITES Appendix II animal, which allows limits to be placed on the number of animals in commercial trade between countries. 

Fun Fact!

At Battersea Park Childrens Zoo we have 2 prehensile-tailed skinks called Uki and Makira; named after two of the Solomon islands they are native to in the wild.