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Prehensile-Tailed Skink

CONSERVATION STATUS : DECLINING
COMMON EXTINCT
Classification:

Order: Squamata
Genus & Species: Corucia zebrata   
Family: Scincidae

Status:

Population is declining due to its low reproductive rate, habitat destruction (from rapid human development), and commercial collecting for the pet trade.

Range:

Solomon Islands (located northeast of Australia) and Bougainville and Baku Islands in Papua, New Guinea.

Habitat:

Tropical rainforests of primary growth.

Activity:

Crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk) and nocturnal. During the day it takes shelter in the hollows of large forest trees such as the strangler fig.

Diet:

Herbivorous, feeding on leaves and fruits. In its natural environment, the preferred food is the Solomon Island Creeper plant.