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Black Tree Monitor Lizard


Black Tree Monitor Lizard
Habitat

Humid forests and mangrove swamps in the Aru Islands, off the coast of New Guinea.

Wild Diet

Mainly insects, although larger monitors have been known to eat birds and even other lizards. Like other monitors they have long, sharp claws and strong jaws which allow them to hold on to their prey.

Behaviour

These lizards have a prehensile tail, which acts as a fifth limb allowing them to hang on to branches in the rainforest canopy.

Breeding

Black tree monitors are born in various shades of green, but turn completely black as they reach adulthood.

Threats

Black tree monitors are at risk due to habitat destruction and the illegal trade in reptiles as pets.

Conservation

Black tree monitors are classed as vulnerable due to the destruction of their habitat. They are also at risk from the illegal trade.

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Varanus beccarii
  • Class: Reptiles
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Varanidae
  • Conservation Status: Vulnerable
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