There are more species in the skink family than in any other lizard family. They generally have reduced limbs and smooth, overlapping scales with a bony plate in the skin underneath each scale. Prehensile-tailed skinks are the longest members of the skink family and are endemic to the Solomon Islands. These islands northeast of Australia are the only place in the world where prehensile-tailed skinks are native.
Dry Forests, Rainforests
You may see this species in a reptile habitat along the Wieland Wildlife Home Boardwalk; prehensile-tailed skinks may also be seen seasonally in Scaly Slimy Spectacular. You also might meet one at one of our evening events, at a pop-up animal encounter during your Zoo visit, or if you register for one of our education programs.