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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

Fun Fact
The national animal symbol for Cambodia, Thailand and Laos is the Asian elephant.
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