Green Tree Monitor

STATUSLeast Concern


DIETTree-dwelling insects, crabs, small mammals, and frogs

RANGENew Guinea and Northern Australia

HABITATRainforests, swamps, and palm stands

Green Tree Monitor

Physical Description

Green tree monitors are a type of lizard that can grow to be about 3 feet long with their tail being about twice the size of their body. They are dark jade to lime green with black crossbands, They have long claws and prehensile tails for gripping tree branches.


Some predators they may encounter include snakes and birds of prey.


They live an average of 10-15 years.


Females have been known to use termite mounds as nests because they serve as good incubators. The female may lay up to 3 clutches of eggs which will hatch after about 160-190 days.

Fun Facts

  • Green tree monitors are also known as emerald tree monitors.
  • They live in small groups that comprise of a dominant male, several females, a few other males, and juveniles.

Conservation Messaging

In our Reptile and Amphibian (RAD) center you will find many different reptiles and amphibians including venomous and poisonous species of snakes and frogs. Many of these animals fall victim to habitat loss in the wild. Many of the species here are found in South American habitats which are subjected to deforestation, damming of rivers, water pollution, and poor agricultural and management practices.

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