Scientists describe newly discovered species of monitors still today. The blue tree monitor, for example, was only just discovered in 2001 on the small Indonesian island of Batanta. Very little is known about its natural history.
Where to see them: Reptile House
Length: Up to 3.6 ft
Lifespan: More than 10 yrs
Habitat: Tropical forest
Diet: Small animals, such as insects and frogs, and eggs
Sensing Signals: Like their snake relatives, monitors “taste” the air with their forked tongues to locate prey.