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In the wild, these monitors are found on mainland New Guinea and a few surrounding islands.
The Emerald Tree Monitor's diet consists of large tree-dwelling arthropods, such as stick insects, cockroaches, beetles, birds and small mammals.
Emerald Tree Monitors can live 15-20 years.
This reptile spends the majority of its time in tree branches – even when sleeping - holding on with its claws and tail wrapped around a branch.
About the Emerald Tree Monitor
The Emerald Tree Monitor is a small to medium-sized monitor lizard native to New Guinea.
The reptile spends the majority of its time in tree branches, holding on with its claws and tail wrapped around a branch. Even when sleeping!
The lizard is a very strong climber, with long limbs, long toes, long claws and a prehensile tail working as a fifth limb. Its diet consists of large tree-dwelling arthropods; such as stick insects, cockroaches, beetles but also occasionally birds eggs and small mammals.
Did you know?
Monitor lizards are considered one of the most intelligent groups of reptile, which helps when they have to work out how to extract tasty invertebrates from cracks in tree hollows!