Crocodile monitor (Varanus salvadorii)

crocodile monitor

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Fast facts

Status Least Concern

Size 2.5m in length

Weight 20kg

Gestation 20 days

Young Females produce clutches of 4-12 eggs

Life span Up to 20 years

What do I eat?

Crocodile monitors prey on birds and mammals, and are also thought to eat eggs.

Where do I live?

Crocodile monitors are found on the island of New Guinea, in Papua and Papua New Guinea. They live in a range of habitats including tropical rainforests and have often been seen in forests near rivers.

Breeding

Male crocodile monitors fight in a ritualised way to attract females. These fights involve head weaving and wrestling. The larger a male is, the more likely he is to win.  Females bury their eggs, digging holes and then filling them in so that the nests are barely visible.

Predators

Crocodile monitors have no known predators.

Conservation

This species is not currently affected by any major threats, although it could face threats locally from habitat loss.

Did you know?

This species is the largest lizard in New Guinea.

Crocodile monitors have long, whip-like tails which are generally well over twice as long as their head and body.

Crocodile monitors are very good climbers and spend lots of time in the trees.

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