COMMON NAME (SCIENTIFIC NAME)Varanus prasinus
DIETFrogs, geckos, small mammals and birds, tree dwelling insects
RANGEForest, marine coastal
HABITATPapau New Guinea, northern Australia
These lizards are found on the island of New Guinea and in Northern Australia. They live in palm stands and rainforests with humidity levels reaching over 70%. Green Tree Monitors can reach lengths of 3 feet, with their tails being twice the length of their bodies. This tail is prehensile and helps grip tree branches while climbing.
In the wild they would eat tree dwelling insects, frogs, geckos, small mammals and birds. They are the only known monitor lizard species to be omnivorous – meaning that they eat both vegetation and animal matter.
Under human care they can live up to 15 years.