Habitat and Distribution: Found in tree canopies in tropical rainforests of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific.
Size: 32 inches long (including tail); 14-28 ounces
Wild Diet: Leaves (primarily of the Soloman Island creeper), flowers, vegetables, and fruits
Predators: Birds of prey, rats, snakes, and humans
Lifespan: 15-20 years
Reproduction: Prehensile-tailed skinks mate in trees. They are ovoviviparous, meaning that eggs are produced but hatch inside the female before the young are born. Females usually give birth to a single offspring after a gestation of 6-7 months. Babies are 6-9 inches long and are protected by both parents for about 6 months.Behavior: Prehensile-tailed skinks are primarily nocturnal and rarely stray far from their shelter. Unlike other skinks, they are arboreal. They are usually found in the oldest trees in old-growth forests. Muscular tails, strong digits and sharp claws help them move around tree canopies. They tend to stay in small family groups.
IUCN Status: Not Evaluated
Prehensile-tailed skink populations have been exploited for the pet trade and extensive logging in the Solomon Islands has shrunk their habitat. Their low reproductive rates leave them vulnerable to these threats.