Crocodile Monitor

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Crocodile Monitor

Varanus salvadorri
With a tail that is more than two times the length of its body, the crocodile monitor is the longest lizard in the world. The long tail of the arboreal monitor, also called the tree crocodile, aids in balance while traveling in the forest canopy. The monitor may use the tail also as a weapon much as one would use a whip.
Fact file:

Length: 10.5 to 13.9 ft

Habitat: Coastal mangroves and dry forest

Prey: Small mammals, reptiles, birds, arthropods and eggs

Current Range: Southern coast of New Guinea