Crocodile Monitor

Meet the crocodile monitor, the stealthy predator of the rainforest! With its long, slender body, powerful limbs, and razor-sharp teeth, this lizard is built for life in the dense jungle.







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The crocodile monitor (Varanus salvadorii) is a large species of monitor lizard native to New Guinea and nearby islands. It is one of the longest lizards in the world, with adults reaching lengths of up to 2 to 3 meters.

Crocodile monitors have long, slender bodies, powerful limbs, and a prehensile tail, which they use for balance and maneuvering through their forest habitat. Crocodile monitors are also known for their impressive speed and agility, making them formidable predators in their ecosystem


Crocodile monitors have a relatively long lifespan compared to many other reptiles. In captivity, they can live up to 15 to 20 years with proper care and habitat conditions. However, their lifespan in the wild is not precisely known but is likely to be similar or slightly shorter due to factors such as predation, disease, and environmental pressures.

Weight & Diet

Crocodile monitors are large and robust lizards, with adults typically weighing between 15 to 30 kilograms on average. However, some individuals may weigh more, especially those with access to abundant food sources.

Crocodile monitors are carnivorous predators, feeding primarily on a diet of small mammals, birds, eggs, and insects. They are opportunistic hunters and will consume a wide variety of prey depending on availability. In captivity, their diet should consist of appropriately sized rodents, chicks, eggs, and other protein-rich foods.

Did You Know?

  • Crocodile monitors are the longest lizards in the world, with some individuals reaching lengths of up to 3 meters (10 feet).
  • These lizards are expert climbers and are often found high up in the trees of their rainforest habitats, where they hunt for birds, eggs, and small mammals.
  • These impressive lizards have been known to reach speeds of up to 32 kilometers per hour when sprinting through the trees, making them lightning-fast hunters.
  • Despite their name, crocodile monitors aren't actually closely related to crocodile, they're part of the Varanidae family, which includes monitor lizards.
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