Corucia zebrata, Solomon Islands Skink, prehensile-tailed skink, monkey-tailed skink, giant skink, zebra skink, monkey skink.


Skinks shed several times a year as a whole body, starting with their head unzipping to the tip of the tail. Solomon Island Skinks have very delicate toes. They are long but thin with developed nails for climbing in the tree tops. Because of the delicate nature of their toes, especially in babies, they should be inspected when they are shedding

A shedding skink sheds from the tip of his nose to the tip of the tail, rarely in a big sheet but more in many pieces.

Solomon Island Skinks have very delicate toes. If housing them in wire mesh enclosures always use plastic coated wire. Because they are heavy, exposed metal wire can damage the skin around their nails and lead to problems when shedding. Try and use mesh sparingly, it is much better for them to climb on logs, trees and plants.



These skinks can fall victim to a number of microbial disorders, including infectious stomatitis, salmonellosis and arneobiosis. They can also have internal and external parasites.

Chronic delluatitis can result from chronic low humidity. A veterinarian who is experienced in treating exotics should be able to diagnose and treat these various conditions.

Shedding care...

Keep humidity close to 70-80%


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