Ornate Monitor

Varanus ornatus

The ornate monitor pretty much eats whatever it can catch, or in the case of carrion, whatever it can sniff out. Sometimes two monitors will team up to make a meal. One distracts a mother crocodile or bird from its nest, while the other robs the nest of its eggs.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Reptile House
lengthLength: Up to 6.5 ft
habitatHabitat: Woodland, savanna, scrubland, swamps, lakes, and rivers
dietDiet: Insects, fish, frogs, reptiles, birds, mammals, and carrion