Green tree mintor

At the Cincinnati Zoo in Dragons!

Specialized for an arboreal lifestyle, the green tree monitor’s (Varanus prasinus) slender body and long claws enable it to lie along slim tree branches without slipping. It also holds on by wrapping its long, prehensile tail around a tree branch. While most monitors are solitary, the green tree monitor hangs out in small groups.


  • Where to see them: New Guinea and northern Australia
  • Length: 2.5 to 3.3 ft
  • Lifespan: More than 10 yrs
  • Habitat: Forest and swamp
  • Diet: Small animals, such as insects and crabs, and eggs
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