Emerald Tree Skink

Emerald Tree Skink Lamprolepis smaragdina

Type of Animal:

Forest, mingled woodlands, palm plantations, mangrove swamps, coconut plantations, light lowland woodland

Taiwan, Philippines, E Indonesia, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Admiralty Islands, Micronesia, Marshall Islands

Bright green back, pale green belly, blackish areas show sometimes, sharpened snout, short strong limbs, long claws, smooth scales, long tail

Insects, insect larvae, worms, small spiders, snails, small lizards (including smaller members of own species), small frogs, fruit, berries, leafy plants, tender leaves, flowers, dog food

Status in Wild:

Breeding in zoos, wildlife centers, & herpetoculture

Colonies of 3-12 individuals, w/ more females than males (often only 1 male in colony)

Additional Info:

Young: Hatchling
Group: Colony
0.97 oz

3.5 months 

Life Span:
7-10 years

Body Length:
8-8.5 in

Tail Length:
5-5.5 in

These skinks have been observed pack-hunting when taking larger prey.
Active during the day (diurnal).
These skinks are arboreal.
These skinks are very active & fast.
Tail may be partially prehensile as it’s been used to anchor self to branches when not moving & as stabilizing 5th limb when climbing.
Coloration aids in camouflage.
Females usually lay 2 eggs per clutch.
Eggs typically laid under loose bark.
Sometimes kept as pets.
They’re very agile hunters.

Fun Fact(s):
Besides having green scales, they also lay green eggs & have green blood.
Like many lizards, they’re very good escape artists. They’re also great jumpers.
These skinks are visual learners & observed to be very food motivated.
If threatened, they can drop tail. New regrown tail not as long/beautiful.
Also called Green Tree Skink, Philippine Tree Skink, Emerald Green Skink, Tabili in Philippine language Cebuano, & Kuka in Kotos Amarasi language of West Timor.
Origin of many populations may come from hitchhiking on palm trees in water.
Naturally high strung but they can tame down w/ frequent gentle handling. These skinks often rather curious. Many individuals rather shy.

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