Prehensile-tailed skinks in the Solomons

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By Anonymous ( - on Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 3:36 pm: Edit Post

Hello All - I keep and try to breed Corucia zebrata, the Giant Solomon Island prehensile tailed skink. This is an extremely large, arboreal skink which has not been exported from the Solomons since 1996 (approx). This lizard gives birth to one live young (1/3 of the time, twins) after a pregnancy period of 7-8 months. They engage in maternal care of the young, with the new mom suddenly very aggressive and protective of the newborn. They also are one of the longest lived species of lizard (24+ years).
I'm looking for field observations or any anecdotes involving this species of skink. Anyone have anything to contribute?
Scott Alexander
President of (Bay Area Reptile Soc)

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