Crocodile Monitor Lizard

Name

Crocodile Monitor Lizard

Scientific Name

Varanus salvadorii

Characteristics

The crocodile monitor is the largest known species of monitor lizard found on New Guinea, growing up to 2.5 meters in length. The skin is covered with non-overlapping scales, and body colour is mostly black with yellow, white, or green specks. Folds of skin are present around the throat region.

 

The crocodile monitor has a long head and neck, and a sturdy tail that is twice as long as its body. They are very agile, using their long tail to aid in balance as they climb amongst branches. When they need to move quickly and suddenly, they use contractions of their throat muscles to pump oxygen into their lungs.

Diet

The crocodile monitor is a carnivore, feeding on small animals.

Size Fact

Crocodile monitors can weigh up to 90 kilograms.

 

Food Fact

Crocodile monitors have flat, serrated teeth for slicing and tearing meat.

Fun Fact

They have a forked tongue to allow for better accuracy in locating a prey's scent.

IUCN Red list

The crocodile monitor has not been evaluated on the IUCN Red List.

Where do I live?

The crocodile monitor lives in Papua New Guinea and is commonly found in lowland forest canopies and adjacent savannahs.

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