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A brief snippet about Tree monitors

A brief introduction to the species will be inserted here ..... coming soon! In the interim we have a number of links on the species, listed on this page.


Natural Habitat - Other species descriptions

-Varanus beccarii -Varanus boehmei -Varaus bogerti -Varanus keithhornei -Varanus kordensis -Varanus macraei -Varanus prasinus -Varanus reisingeri -Varanus telenesetes

Captive Care
Black Tree Monitor (Varanus beccarii) - The Big Zoo

Also Called: Aru Island Monitor Adult Back tree monitors are completely black in color, while young offspring tend to exhibit lighter shades of green. Like other monitors, Black tree monitors have long, sharp claws and strong jaws. Their teeth are longer than the other monitor species, which enables them to hold on to prey they catch high up in the canopy. They are often sold as pets and do well in captivity with a heat lamp, as long as temperatures maintain 85 degrees Fahrenheit, with a basking temperature of 100-110 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Pictures - (Varanus prasinus) - excellent photos

More Info.
Black Tree Monitor feeding behavior

BLACK TREE MONITOR FEEDING BEHAVIOR R. W. Hartdegen et al. [1999, Amphibia-Reptilia 20(3):330-332] examined the effects of prey size and movement on the feeding behavior of captive black tree monitors, Varanus beccari. Three experiments were conducted: in experiment 1 the basking lamps were turned on and the prey was offered alive; in experiment 2 the basking lamps were turned off and the prey was offered alive; in experiment 3, basking lamps were turned on and prey was offered dead. Three sizes of prey were offered, including adult crickets (Achela domestica, x = 0.43 g, s = 0.08 g), newborn mice (Mus musculus, x = 2.6 g, s = 0.9 g), and newborn rats (Rattus norvegicus, x = 20.6 g, s = 2.1 g).

Tree Monitor from Indonesia (V. Macraei)

Dark Grove Reptiles The newly discovered species of Tree Monitor from Indonesia V. Macraei! Very rare currently and not expected to be imported in any quantity make this one of the most difficult species to obtain, combine that with the very low success rate of captive hatchlings (none known in the states as of this date) making it a natural choice for our next project. Besides, I have enjoyed Tree monitors for over a decade and finally had the space to make a proper habitat..... -(V. prasinus)

About This Website was officially launched in December of 2004, in an attempt to create an online resource in which tree monitor enthusiasts could come to, to share ideas, experiences, and observations with one another. One of the major goals of this website was to compile and organize the various different pieces of information which exist in the herpetological literature; in the forms of journal articles, excerpts from books, and magazine articles; covering both natural history / biology and captive husbandry and reproduction.

Yellow Spotted Tree Monitor (Varanus boehmei)

Caging, Feeding, Breeding, Photos The Yellow Spotted Tree Monitor is a newly described species of monitor, who was officially given species status in 2003. Upon discovery of this monitor, it was origionally believed to be a subspecies of Varanus macraie, the Blue Tree Monitor. The Yellow Spotted Tree Monitor, is a beautifully colored varanid, who is endemic to a single island in the Indonesian archipelago, off the coast of Papua New Guinea.

Other Info.
Green tree monitors recently hatched at the Bronx Zoo

Seven yellow-throated day geckos and four green tree monitors recently hatched at the Bronx Zoo the only zoo in the United States that is currently breeding these rare reptiles. The geckos hatched on April 30, May 4, 13, 16, and 19 and the monitors hatched on March 31. Both lizard species are in an off-exhibit area in the Reptile Nursery.


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