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Emerald monitor

emerald monitor (Varanus prasinus)
Captive animal
Photo © Ruchira Somaweera
Varanus prasinus - (Schlegel, 1839)
Pronunciation  vah-RAH-nuss   prah-ZEE-nuss
Etymology  Varanus: a Latinisation of the Arabic word, Waran, for lizards of the Arabian Peninsula. These lizards were said to warn of the presence of crocodiles, and became known in English as monitors.1 In Australia, they are typically called goannas.
prasinus: 'leek-green'.1
Other names  Wyniss
Total length
Species avg: 75 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Torres Strait islands, including Moa Island.
Also in New Guinea.

Found in the following Australian states/territories



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