Monkey-tailed Skink
Corucia zebrata
description The largest skink in the world, a social unique lizard that is docile and pretty easy to handle. Its habitat is disappearing in the wild.It has a large prehensile tail. This it uses for clinging to branches, enabling them to securely climb among the trees. Thick ,strong limbs, attached to a body containing a muscular bulk make their large size an imposing one in the reptile world. Climbing from branch to branch, utilizing its strong tail, limbs and claws.
a.k.a Prehensile-tailed Skink
distribution Solomon Islands
adult size 30" - 32" ; 15 - 30 oz.
natural habitats Arboreal, Social; tropical rain forests
cage It should be high instead of wide for Arboreal reptiles. (e.g. Wooden Terrarium, Glass Terrarium)
branch As it is Arboreal, a lot of branches are needed to climb and stay on (e.g. Habba Tree , Sand-Blasted Grapevine)
substrate Soil, moss (e.g. Forest Bed , Forest Moss), barks (e.g. Repti Bark, Coconut Bark)
activity period Nighttime (nocturnal);
give heat and help monitoring by infrared lamps (e.g. Nightlight Red Bulb, Infrared Heat Lamp) where the light is invisible for it but humans
temperature 30 - 32 ¢XC -- basking spot   (e.g. Basking Spot Lamp)
24 - 28 ¢XC -- cooler area   (e.g. Daylight Blue Bulb)
23 - 26 ¢XC -- at night   (e.g. Nightlight Red Bulb, Infrared Heat Lamp, Ceramic Heat Emitter)
humidity 70 - 80 % ;
Spray water all over its body and the surroundings 1 or 2 times a day, or a drip system is recommended. Sometimes soak it in lukewarm water for 15 minutes
water bowl a large water bowl (e.g. Rock water dish) should be availabe for humidity-keeping, soaking and drinking.
hiding place Unnecessary
diet Herbivorous (plant-eating);
primary food Fruits (e.g. apples, figs, kiwis, strawberries, plums, peaches, grapes, papayas, mangos, etc), Dark leafy greens (e.g. mustards, collards, dandelions, turnips, hibiscus, mulberries, sprouts, kales), carrots, tomatos, beans, peas, asparagus, okra, celeries, squashes, etc
gestation 6 - 8 months

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