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Status Least Concern
Size 2.5 m in length
Weight 20 kg
Gestation 20 days
Young Females produce clutches of 4-12 eggs
Life span Up to 20 years
Crocodile monitors prey on birds and mammals, and are also thought to eat eggs.
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.
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.
Crocodile monitors have no known predators.
This species is not currently affected by any major threats, although it could face threats locally from habitat loss.
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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We were thrilled with the way the zoo was laid out. Though we are pensioners we were able to get around quite comfortably. My daughter and her children are going to the New Forest next year, so we will visit and treat them here, as it is very educational as well as… Read full reviewPhilip, 25th October 2019