Crocodile Monitor

Varanus salvadorii

While the Komodo dragon may be the largest lizard, the crocodile monitor holds the title of longest lizard, thanks to a tail that is twice as long as its body. In addition to providing balance, the crocodile monitor’s long tail can be used like a whip to defend itself.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Dragons!
lengthLength: More than 10 ft
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 12 to 20 yrs
habitatHabitat: Tropical forest and swamp
dietDiet: Small animals, such as frogs and rodents, eggs, and carrion