Skink (Solomon Island)

Corucia zebrata

IUCN Red List status: Near Threatened

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Near Threatened

Factfile

Where they live

Solomon Islands

Habitat

Tropical rainforest

Size

Up to 80cm long, including a 40cm tail

Weight

60 g

Lifespan

15 - 20 years

Threats

Habitat loss, hunted for pet trade

Did you know...

  • They are among only a few species of skinks known to live an arboreal (tree dwelling) existence
  • World’s largest species of skink
  • They are sometimes called ‘prehensile-tailed skinks’ or ‘monkey tailed skinks’ because they use their long, agile tails to help move around in the tree canopy

More about skinks...

Found only on the Solomon Islands archipelago, a group of islands in the south-west Pacific Ocean, the Solomon Island skink spends most of its time in the canopy. They are herbivores, feeding on flowers, leaves, fruits and shoots. They are even able to eat plants that would be toxic to humans, without any ill effects.

Solomon Island skinks have a robust body, large claws, strong limbs and a blunt square head. They are one of the few lizards that can’t lose its tail when threatened, and so it will hiss or bite to defend itself.

Unlike most reptiles, the female carries the developing young inside her. After 6-8 months one lizard is born, though twins and triplets have been observed. The newly hatched lizard is nearly half the size of the mother.

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