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Black Tree Monitor

Varanus beccarii

Range

  • Aru Islands off New Guinea

Habitat

  • Mangrove swamps

Diet

  • Insects
  • Rodents
  • Smaller lizards
  • Snakes
  • Birds

Native to the Aru Islands, these carnivorous monitors begin their lives with yellow-colored spots.

By the time they are fully grown, they will be 3 to 4 feet in length and have turned completely black. Overly long, prehensile tails and large claws allow these arboreal lizards to live and hunt in the trees.

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