Reptiles

Crocodile Monitor

RANGE:
Papua New Guinea

HABITAT:
Lowland forests near swamps and rivers.

SIZE:
Length: Regularly reach lengths of 7 – 9 ft. with the longest recorded reaching 10.6 ft.

LIFE EXPECTANCY
Wild: Unknown
Captivity: Approximately 10 years but could possibly live 15 – 20.

REPRODUCTION

  • Reproduction has only been observed in captivity.
  • Eggs of various sizes are deposited October through January.
  • Females will nest above ground and can produce up to three clutches of eggs per year.
  • Clutches may contain 4 – 12 eggs.

DIET
Wild: Carrion and other small reptiles
Zoo: Mice, rats and fowl.

BEHAVIOR

  • Tree dweller
  • May use its long tail as a defense by thrashing it around
  • Can be flighty and nervous in captivity

STATUS
Not endangered, but rare.

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Longest lizard in the world from snout to tip of the tail
  • Unlike other monitor lizards, it has flat, serrated teeth that easily slice and tear flesh.
  • Native peoples of Pupua New Guinea greatly feared these lizards and considered them man-eaters.

REFERENCES

  1. http://www.centralpets.com
  2. http://www.honoluluzoo.org