The range of the prehensile tailed skink is the Solomon Islands.
Prehensile tailed skinks inhabit rainforests.
Gestation takes 6 to 7 months.
1-2 live young
Prehensile tailed skinks are primarily nocturnal but may sleep in plain sight during the day. Although they can move around on the ground, they are almost strictly arboreal. When moving they may be seen to hold on to a branch with one leg and the tail while reaching for another branch. They eat only vegetation and get water as it drips from wet leaves (or in captivity from moisture on the wall of the exhibit or cage.) Males are very territorial and generally cannot be kept together in captivity. These skinks exhibit coprophagy (eating their own feces). This may be necessary to produce the proper gut flora and fauna in youngsters.
Mating in prehensile tailed skinks seems to take place at sunset. After 6-7 months the female will give birth to 1-2 youngsters that are 10-12 inches long (approximately 1/3 the size of the mother). Highly unusual for a reptile, the mother and young will sometimes remain together for months, (possibly years) defending each other and mutually defending a territory.
Vegetation, often the shoots of a specific vine
Greens, carrots, fruit - cantaloupe, strawberries, apple