Species group: Monitor Lizards
Other common names: Green Tree Monitor
Scientific name: Varanus prasinus
The Emerald Tree Monitor is a colorful arboreal monitor lizard which is native to New Guinea.
Appearance / health:
The Emerald Tree Monitor has a green to turquoise head, legs, back and tail.
Behavior / temperament:
Emerald Tree Monitors, especially those which are wild-caught, can be skittish and handling can help calm them. Tail whipping and bowel evacuation are also defensive mechanisms.
A 75 gallon habitat is adequate for one adult. The habitat should include a large water dish which is big enough for them to "swim" in. Include a hide box and make sure to include a lot of branches especially for young ones as they are arboreal and love to climb, the higher the better.
For lighting, the day cycle should be on around 10-12 hours and the night cycle should allow for cooling, but not too much. The light bulbs should be ones made for reptiles so they get the added UVA/UVB that is important for proper health.
Meat almost any kind, eggs (cooked so the risk of Salmonella is lowered), mice, rats, crickets (when small), fish, giant meal worms. All food should be dusted with vitamin and calcium powder.
emerald green coloration
wild things, nasty eating habit
sociable monitors, small groups
From Kacie Bingham Sep 30 2017 2:50AM
A Delicate, "Hands-Off" Beauty
emerald tree monitor I saw stopped me in my tracks! Unfortunately, a spectacular appearance sometimes leads to their being purchased by folks not fully-prepared to meet their needs. Please research carefully and garner experience with other small monitors before taking on these delicate beauties.
Despite being relatively small and thinly-built, emerald tree monitors need a great deal of room – close confinement invariably leads to stress disorders and an early demise. Cages must be custom-built, and should provide at least 6 feet of height on a 4’ x 4’ base. A reptile fogger and a moisture-holding substrate (a mix of dead leaves and peat works well) should be employed to maintain a humidity level of 75-80%. Secure arboreal retreats (hollow logs, small bird houses, etc.), ample branches, vines and basking sites, and a varied diet are also essential to their welfare. Also, please understand that the emerald tree monitor is strictly an “observe only” pet – even after years in captivity, their health will suffer if you attempt to handle them..
From findiviglio Nov 10 2015 5:11PM