Black Tree Monitor
This lizard is endemic to humid forests and mangrove swamps in the Aru Islands, off the coast of New Guinea.
They mainly eat 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.
These lizards have a prehensile tail, which acts as a fifth limb allowing them to hang on to branches in the rainforest canopy.
Little is known about the reproductive behaviours of this species. Black tree monitors are born in various shades of green, but turn completely black as they reach adulthood.
Black tree monitors are classed as Vulnerable due to the destruction of their habitat. They are also at risk from the illegal pet trade.
- Latin Name: Varanus beccarii
- Class: Reptiles
- Order: Squamata
- Family: Varanidae
- Conservation Status: Vulnerable
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