Meet Our Animals > Green Tree Monitor
Quick Facts
Native to New Guinea and adjacent islands
Primary Diet Insects, frogs, geckos, small mammals, birds
Adult Weight 10.5 ounces
Lifespan 15 years
Status Stable

Green Tree Monitor

Also known as the emerald monitor, they live in palm stands and rainforests with about 70% relative humidity. The tail of the monitor is prehensile and works like a fifth foot. These reptiles sleep in branches, holding on with one or two claws and their tails wrapped around a branch.


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