What’s that rustle in the trees behind the Reptile Discovery Center? Look up, or you may miss the Zoo’s stealthy male crocodile monitor hiding among the branches! Get the scoop on this cool cold-blooded giant from Reptile Discovery Center assistant curator Matt Evans.
What do visitors want to know about our crocodile monitor?
Where he is! He may be 8 feet long, but his coloration and pattern helps him blend into his surroundings. Sometimes, you have to be patient and look closely to spot him!
Crocodile monitors are well adapted for life in the trees. They use their long tail — which is half their body length — for balance as they quickly move through the branches. Typically, our guy spends the morning and evening basking in the sun on the elevated platforms in his habitat. Often, he can be seen with his head and shoulders hanging off the side of the platform, looking down at visitors. Around midday, he climbs down from his perch to drink, swim in his pool and explore his habitat.