Solomon Islands

Zoo breeds 'rare' lizard of many names

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A rare and unusual lizard has been bred at Paignton Zoo for the first time.

The Solomon Islands skink is one of the few reptiles known to live in a social group.

It also gives birth rather than lays eggs - another unusual trait.

Keeper Dr Katy Upton said it is a "great achievement".

lizard
Paignton Zoo

The Solomon Islands skink is also known by a number of other names including:

  • The prehensile-tailed skink
  • The monkey-tailed skink
  • The giant skink
  • The zebra skink

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