Spiny-tailed Monitor

Varanus acanthurus

As its name implies, the spiny-tailed monitor has a long tail that is ringed with spines or ridges. Wedging its tail into a rock crevice, the spines help to hold the monitor in place and make it difficult for a predator to pull the lizard out.

Fact File

lengthLength: Up to 2 ft
weightWeight: Up to 12 oz
life expectancyLife Expectancy: More than 10 yrs
habitatHabitat: Rocky outcrops
dietDiet: Insects and small reptiles