Meet Our Animals > Black Tree Monitor
Quick Facts
Native to The Aru Islands of Indonesia
Primary Diet Insects, smaller lizards, small mammals
Lifespan 15 years

Black Tree Monitor

Black tree monitors have prehensile tails that are two-thirds the size of their bodies. Their tail acts like a fifth leg and helps them balance in the trees, while sharp claws enable them to grip onto branches. Like other monitor lizards, they’re highly intelligent and demonstrate complex problem-solving abilities, fine motor coordination, and skilled forelimb movements when hunting prey.


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