The Solomon Islands skink (Corucia zebrata), also known as prehensile-tailed skink, monkey-tailed skink, giant skink, zebra skink, and monkey skink,

Sex: Male & Female

Latin name: Corucia zebra

Native Home: MONKEY TAILED SKINKS are endemic to the Solomon Islands archipelago, a group of islands in the south-west Pacific Ocean. It is one of the few species of reptile known to function within a social group or circulus.

 Size:  The MONKEY TAILED SKINK is the world's largest species of extant skink; adults can reach a length of 32 inches (81 cm) from nose to the tip of their tail when fully grown, with the tail accounting for more than half this length.

Diet:  MONKEY TAILED SKINKS are completely herbivorous, eating many different fruits and vegetables including the pothos plant.

Reproduction: The MONKEY TAILED SKINK gives live birth, and has a gestation period of six to eight months. Almost all births are single babies but occasionally twins will be born. The newborn skink will stay within its circulus for six to twelve months during which time it will be protected by not only its parents but other unrelated adult skinks within the group. Around one year of age, sometimes earlier, the juvenile will move off to form a new family group.

Lifespan: MONKEY TAILED SKINKS can live 25 to 30 years..