The monkey-tailed skink is an arboreal lizard from the Solomon Islands.
As their name suggests monkey-tailed skinks have a prehensile tail. Unlike a the tail of a lot of other lizard species, the tail of a monkey-tailed lizard does not grow back if it is broken off.
In the wild monkey-tailed skinks live in social groups of several animals called a circulus. Members of a circulus defend their territory and take care of their young collectively.
In an unusual manner for a lizard monkey-tailed skinks are viviparous. In fact monkey-tailed skinks have a placenta that provides the young with nutrients during gestation which is quite long, up to eight months. This is something rather unusual in reptiles.
Monkey-tailed skinks are vegetarian which is somewhat unusual among skinks.
Some people like to keep monkey-tailewd skinks as pets and even breed them in captivity. Monkey-tailed skinks do well in captivity if their needs are met, they do need high humidity, lots of vertical space, heat, and UVB light.
Several monkey-tailed skinks can be kept together if they accept each-other and form a circulus.
Solomon Islands skink on Wikipedia.
Breeding Prehensile-Tailed Skinks.
Caresheet and Resources – Jos Little World.
Animal Care — Prehensile Tailed Skink.
Prehensile Tailed Skink Care and Diet on Central Animal Hospital.
My 2014 Monkey Tail Skink Breeding Season. ( Corucia Zebrata )