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Crocodile Monitor

Crocodile monitor is a species of monitor lizard found only in New Guinea. The species is considered to be one of the world’s longest lizards. The arboreal lizard is the only member of the subgenus Papusaurus.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Lacertilia
    Family Varanidae
    Genus Varanus
    Subgenus (Papusaurus)
    Scientific Name Varanus salvadorii


    Other Names Papua(n) monitor, Salvadori’s monitor, artellia
    Size Up to 244 cm (8 ft)
    Weight Around 20 kg (44 lb)
    Color Dark green body color with rings of yellow spots; yellow and black banding on the tail
    Distribution New Guinea
    Habitat Lowland rainforests canopies, coastal mangrove swamps
    Diet Birds, eggs, small mammals, carrion
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 4 to 12 eggs
    Incubation Period 5 to 8 months
    Average Lifespan 12 to 20 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Evaluated

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    Published on April 29th 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 20th April 2017.

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