Black Monitor

 

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Range: Aru Island, Indonesia

Habitat: Dense Tropical Forests

Natural Diet: Small insects

Diet at Rain Forest: Small insects

Size: 18-26 inches

RainForest Facts: The Black tree monitor is rapidly disappearing in the wild, their numbers may never have been high as this monitor lizard lives in a very limited geographical range.  Like all Monitor lizards the Black Tree Monitor lays eggs, in this case the female deposits 2-4 elongated leathery eggs after approximately 70 days of mating.  The Black Tree Monitors eggs require approximately 80 days to hatch.

Status in Wild: Numbers are rapidly declining due to over collection for skin trade as well as loss of habitat.

 

 

This species is not currently on exhibit at RainForest