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Emerald tree monitor
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[Photo] Emerald tree monitor (also called Green tree monitor) lizard Varanus prasinus. Green tree monitor lizard Varanus prasinus at Bristol Zoo, Bristol, England. There are two here, head to tail. Photographed by Adrian Pingstone (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Arpingstone) in September 2005 and released to the public domain.
The emerald tree monitor (Varanus prasinus) is a small-to-medium-sized arboreal monitor lizard. It is well known for its unusual coloration, spanning a myriad of shades from green to turquoise, topped with dark, transverse dorsal banding. It is the only known monitor lizard species to be omnivorous, in that it feeds on berries and other fruit, in addition to insects, frogs, salamanders, snails, and other small animal fare common to its tropical climate. Emerald tree monitors can be found in New Guinea, as well as several adjacent islands, and on a few islands within the Torres Strait, the body of water separating eastern New Guinea and northern Queensland, Australia. The green tree monitor is reported to thrive in a variety of different lowland environments throughout its range, including tropical evergreen forests, palm swamps and cocoa plantations.
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