Prehensile Tailed Skink

The Prehensile Tailed Skink is a species of skink endemic to the Solomon Islands. It is the largest know extant species of skink.

The Prehensile Tailed Skink is completely herbivorous, eating many different fruits and vegetables. It is one of the few species of reptile known to function within a social group. Both male and female specimens are known to be territorial and often hostile towards members not a part of their family group.

Adults can reach a length of 32 inches from nose to the tip of their tail when fully grown, with the tail accounting for more than half this length. It has a long, slender body, strong, short legs, and a triangular shaped head with small round eyes. Its prehensile tail helps it manoeuvre from branch to branch with ease.

Extensive logging is a serious threat to the survival of this species. Export of this species from the Solomon Islands is now restricted and the animal is protected under CITES appendix ll.

Prehensile Tailed Skink @ Safari Niagara

  • Safari Niagara‚Äôs Prehensile Tailed Skink can be found at our reptile house.
  • Sometimes it can be found travelling with the Safari Niagara Zooniversity Outreach Show

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Corucia
Species: C. zebrata

Did you know?

  • The Prehensile Tailed Skink is also known as monkey-tailed skink, giant skink, zebra skink and monkey skink.
  • It is the largest known species of skink.
  • Juvenile skinks often eat feces from adults in order to acquire the essential microflora to digest their food.