Crocodile Monitor

This animal is greatly feared among the native tribes of New Guinea. They believe the lizards to be man-eaters or evil spirits. It is well-adapted to living in the trees with its long claws, tail, and body.


  • Scientific Name: Varanus salvadorii
  • Range: Island of New Guinea
  • Status in the Wild: Not Listed
  • Location in the Zoo: Reptiles and Amphibians Building
  • Cool Animal Fact: Grows to lengths over eight feet, two-thirds of which is the length of its tail