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Solomon Islands

Prehensile-tailed Skink

This lizard is well adapted for its life in trees.  It has strong, sharp claws and is the only skink with a prehensile, or grasping, tail.

 

Females usually give birth to one baby, although twinning does occur.  The baby can be 1/3 the size of the female.  This species shows an unusual amount of parental care for a reptile.  The young will stay with its parents for six months or more and both parents will defend it against predators.

HABITATForests
DIETLeaves, flowers, fruit
LIFE ExpectancyUnknown

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