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Animals & Habitats
Scientific Name
Varanus salvadorii
New Guinea, West Papua in Indonesia
Conservation Status
Least Concern

Big Chungus

Crocodile monitors are one of the longest lizards in the world, and can reach lengths of up to 8 feet! Their tails are exceptionally long, and account for up to two-thirds of this measurement. Some specimens have been claimed to exceed the length of even the Komodo Dragon- though the crocodile monitor is far less bulky.

Nice Chompers

Crocodile monitors have unique teeth compared to other monitor species. Their upper teeth are long and fang-like, and are used to hook fast-moving prey items, like birds, bats and rodents.