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emerald tree monitor lizard

Varanus prasinus


This is a juvenile Varanus prasinus. "The emerald tree monitor is a small-to-medium-sized arboreal monitor lizard. It is known for its unusual coloration, which consists of shades from green to turquoise, topped with dark, transverse dorsal banding. This coloration helps camouflage it in its arboreal habitat."


This spotting occurred on the campus of a school which is nestled in the foothills of the Cyclops mountains. The campus is surrounded by village gardens and disturbed forest.


This is from one of my spotting locations. I heard about this spotting and asked for an image to identify the species and to post. This photograph is used with the permission of the photographer (Davy Seow).

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Yes, a jewel of a monitor!

BenFenson 9 years ago

Wow, incredible colouration!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Yes, that coiled tail is something else too!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 9 years ago

Fantastic lizard!

Scott Frazier
Spotted by
Scott Frazier


Spotted on Oct 21, 2011
Submitted on Nov 26, 2011

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