Solomon Island Prehensile Tailed Skink
Corucia zebrata

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Range and habitat
Forested areas of the Solomon Islands (South Pacific).

Natural diet:
Leaves, flowers, fruits and other vegetation.

Size / weight range:
Approximately 2 feet.

Interesting Facts:
• This is the only skink with a prehensile tail which helps it cling to branches while it is foraging in trees.
• It also has a powerful grip and long claws making it difficult to dislodge from trees and bushes.
• Unlike other skinks, this species is herbivorous.
• It is generally active at dawn and twilight (crepuscular), as well as at night (nocturnal).
• These animals give birth to large fully formed young, usually only one at a time (although twins are reported).
• The babies are very large in comparison to the young of other skinks.
• There appears to be some level of maternal care. The young are commonly found near their mothers who demonstrate protective behavior (at least in captivity).
• This animal is threatened because its forest homes are being cleared to produce lumber

Location at The Toledo Zoo:
The Reptile House

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