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Status Least Concern
Size 2.5m in length
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.
My retired husband and I have enjoyed a full years membership visiting the zoo with our daughter and young granddaughters. What a fun time it has been particularly because annual membership has allowed us to enjoy the animals but also work around the needs of young children who cannot always cope… Read full reviewLynn, 22nd May 2019