Corucia zebrata, Solomon Islands Skink, prehensile-tailed skink, monkey-tailed skink, giant skink, zebra skink, monkey skink.
The skink has a strong crushing jaw but the teeth are small and used for eating plant material. Solomon Islands skinks are herbivores, feeding on the leaves, flowers, fruit, and growing shoots of several different species of plants.
Epipremnum aureum, also known as the Pothos, Money Plant, Golden Pothos, Silver Vine, Centipede tongavine, Devil's Ivy and Solomon Islands' Ivy, is an native to southeastern Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia) and New Guinea.
For best results, the Pothos plant requires medium indirect light; bright light is tolerated, but lengthy spells of direct sun will scorch the leaves. This includes the somewhat toxic (due to high concentrations of calcium oxalate) Epipremnum pinnatum (cf.E. aureum) note that it tends to turn their feces reddish in color. Skinks eat eat it without ill-effect. The plant prefers a temperature of between 17 to 30 °C (63 to 86 °F), approximately the temperature that a Skink would be happy in. In the wild, skinks feed on the epiphytes on trees as well as fig trees and various plants.
A plate of vegetables with a purre of pumpkin or squash sprinkled with vitamin and calcium powder supplements the pothos plants.
A plate of vegetarian beans from a Rubios restaurant is a special treat for all the skinks. They end up wearing much of it on their nose and feet, sneezing and sniffing but cleaning the plate.
Two new twins share some squash baby food. Mix some calcium/ vitamin supplement in with the vegetables or vegetable puree.
Epipremnum aureum, also known as the Pothos, Money Plant, Golden Pothos, Silver Vine, Centipede tongavine, Devil's Ivy and Solomon Islands' Ivy. Good thing it is a relatively easy to grow and inexpensive house plant.
It is humorus to watch a skink chase a pea around the plate.
Solomon Islands Skinks are vegetarian and enjoy an enclosure with many Pothos planted in hanging and wall planters. A great place for lounging and munching.
They are nocturnal...
Solomon Islands Skinks are vegetarians...
The skinks come running to drink from the hose when I am spraying the plants.
All photos and videos, © 2014 Linda S. Nye