Prehensile Skink

Area:  Solomon Island
Habitat:  Forests

Food:  Plants, leaves, flowers, fruit

Size:    32 inches long

Babies: The baby stay close to the parents for six months after birth.




I can hang from my tail 


The prehensile-tailed skink is the largest of the known skinks.  Unlike some lizards, it does not have the ability to regenerate if its tail should it break off when caught by predators.  However, their tails are prehensile, meaning that they can curl them around objects such as branches and hold onto them for balance. Although they are normally docile, if bothered persistently they will rise up on their front legs, emit loud hissing noises and can deliver a nasty bite.  The young develop within an egg inside the female until ready to hatch, then a single (rarely 2) baby is born live.  The babies are huge in comparison to the adult.  When born, a prehensile-tailed skink is about 1/2 the size of the adult (approx. 24 inches). The baby will stay close to the parents for about six months after birth.  Females and males have both been observed defending their young against predators, which is highly unusual for reptiles.  tural predators, such as snakes and kookaburras.

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