Distribution and Habitat
The prehensile-tailed skink is native to the Solomon Islands.
Found in the tropical rainforest, this skink spends little or no time on ground. Its large powerful claws and long prehensile tail enable it to cling to trees.
This reptile has thick, strong legs, a muscular body and a large prehensile tail. Its head is large and flat with small eyes. It also has a powerful mouth with a short tongue that is broad, flat, and fleshy.
As a nocturnal animal it relies heavily on its sense of smell.
The father of a prehensile-tailed skink will defend its baby—something unusual in the reptile world.
They tend to use their tail just as many South American monkeys do—as a fifth limb.