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Giant Solomon Island Skink


Found on the Solomon Islands.


Mostly tree dwelling.


It has a broad, massive head with powerful jaws and small sharp teeth. The body is cylindrical with a rounded tail and small limbs. The scales are smooth an shiny. they have sharp, needle-like toenails for climbing.

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This is the only skink adapted to living in trees. Its prehensile (grasping) tail is an adaption to arboreal living - thus it is sometimes called a "monkey tail" skink. Unlike other skinks, it is nocturnal (active at night). The skink is much more active than its large, heavy body might suggest.

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Giant Solomon Island Skink
Class: reptile
Genus: Corucia
Species: zebrata
Length: 10-30 inches
Average Lifespan: 12.5
Wild Diet: Fruit, leaves, mushrooms, insects, snails, bird eggs.
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Not Listed
Where at the Zoo? Small Animal Building: Tropics Zone

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