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  Emerald Tree Monitor (Varanus prasinus)





Emerald Tree Monitor | Varanus prasinus photo
Emerald Tree Monitor

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Emerald Tree Monitor | Varanus prasinus photo
Emerald tree monitor (Varanus prasinus)

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Emerald Tree Monitor | Varanus prasinus photo
Green tree monitor lizard Varanus prasinus at Bristol Zoo, Bristol, England. There are two here, head to tail.

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REPTILE FACTS

Description
The Emerald Tree Monitor is a small to medium sized arboreal monitor lizard. The body colour is many shades of green to turquoise, with darker bands across the body. The tail is prehensile tail to help it live in trees. It uses its long forked tongue to sense its surroundings.

Other Names
Green Tree Monitor

Size
up to 75cm

Habitat
rainforest, palm forest, mangroves

Food
It is the only known monitor lizard species to be omnivorous. It feeds on berries, fruit, insects, frogs, lizards and other small animals

Breeding
lays up to 5 eggs. The young hatch after 5 - 6 months

Range
The Emerald Tree Monitor is from New Guinea, and also found on a few islands in the Torres Strait.



Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Sauria)
Family:Varanidae
Genus:Varanus
Species:prasinus
Common Name:Emerald Tree Monitor

Relatives in same Genus
  Ridge-tailed Monitor (V. acanthurus)
  Stripe-tailed Monitor (V. caudolineatus)
  Perentie (V. giganteus)
  Pygmy Mulga Monitor (V. gilleni)
  Kimberley Rock Monitor (V. glauerti)
  Gould's Monitor (V. gouldii)
  Mangrove Monitor (V. indicus)
  Pygmy Rock Monitor (V. kingorum)
  Mertens' Water Monitor (V. mertensi)
  Yellow Spotted Monitor (V. panoptes)
  Heath Monitor (V. rosenbergii)
  Spencer's Monitor (V. spenceri)
  Storr's Monitor (V. storri)
  Spotted Tree Monitor (V. timorensis)
  Black-headed Monitor (V. tristis)
  Lace Monitor / Goanna (V. varius)