Geographical Range New Guinea (island in southeastern Asia)
Habitat Tropical forests
Scientific Name Varanus salvadorii
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

This large monitor lizard attains lengths over eight feet, though two-thirds of this length is made up of tail. Although some authorities consider it to be the longest lizard, the Komodo dragon is without a doubt the largest living lizard in the world.

Some monitor lizards have adapted well to living in human-disturbed habitat. Others, such as the crocodile monitor, require pristine tropical forests for survival. Habitat destruction is believed to be the greatest threat to the future survival of many monitor species.

Did You Know?

Although reported to attain a record length of 14 feet, the longest authentic record is 11.5 feet.