Black Tree Monitor

Varanus beccarii

The black tree monitor is designed for a life in the trees, with long curved claws, sticky soles, and a long prehensile tail that serves as a fifth limb. It has longer teeth than do other monitors, which may enable it to more efficiently capture prey in the canopy.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
lengthLength: 3 to 4 ft
habitatHabitat: Forest and mangrove swamp
dietDiet: Insects, lizards, small mammals, and eggs