Crocodile Monitor


Crocodile Monitor
Varanus salvadorii

Quick Facts

Crocodile Monitor

Found:  Papua New Guinea
Size:  Reports of over 10-12 feet
Diet:   Frogs, rodents, carrion, eggs
Life Span:  12 to 20 years
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

The crocodile monitor is reported to be the longest lizard in the world, with anecdotal reports of lizards over 12 feet. Even so, it is not the biggest lizard in the world. Its cousin, the Komodo dragon, is much heavier, although shorter, than the crocodile monitor. Monitors have long, pointed teeth and there are many flaps or folds of skin around the throat region. The tail is generally twice as long as the head and body. They can use it as a "whip" against predators and can cause serious injury to anything trying to attack them. Monitors, like snakes, have forked tongues---the shape allows for better accuracy in locating a prey's scent. Unlike most monitors, which have curved teeth to hold their prey, crocodile monitors have flat, serrated teeth for slicing and tearing meat. The crocodile monitor's bite is similar to that of a crocodilian, hence its name.

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