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The fifth limb Did you know the Emerald Tree Monitor is one of the few Varanus species to actually use its tail as an extra limb? I thought it kind of obvious, but there I was wrong. <br />
For the Varanus it is a nice treat after some 60 million years of evolutionary promotion. Btw. the tail is 2/3 of its total length. It uses its tail 100% in trees, prefering mangroves, rain forests, or even palm or cacao plantations.  Emerald Tree Monitor,Geotagged,Smaragdvaraan,The Netherlands,Varanus prasinus,oliemeulen,varaan Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

The fifth limb

Did you know the Emerald Tree Monitor is one of the few Varanus species to actually use its tail as an extra limb? I thought it kind of obvious, but there I was wrong.
For the Varanus it is a nice treat after some 60 million years of evolutionary promotion. Btw. the tail is 2/3 of its total length. It uses its tail 100% in trees, prefering mangroves, rain forests, or even palm or cacao plantations.

    comments (7)

  1. Nice picture and beautiful animal, therefore promoted!
    I also didn't know that using the tail was not very common.
    Posted 7 years ago
    1. Thanks Joost for the promotion! Yes, we live and learn, a beautiful thing too, isn't it? Posted 7 years ago
  2. Thanks EAmer, for your vote! Appreciated at this late hour of 'day':) Posted 7 years ago
  3. what a wonderful picture. is this animal living in your house or did you find it outdoors? Posted 7 years ago
    1. Hi Karin, thanks for the compliment! I shot this picture in a small reptilian zoo in Tilburg, so neither of both;) Posted 7 years ago
  4. beautiful.. Posted 5 years ago
    1. And so mysterious to behold. What would be on its mind? Posted 5 years ago

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The Emerald Tree monitor , or the Green 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. It also makes the Emerald Tree monitor highly coveted by private collectors and zoos alike.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by Ludo Sak
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By Ludo Sak

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Uploaded Sep 19, 2012. Captured Apr 1, 2012 10:50 in Reitse Hoevenstraat 20, 5042 Tilburg, The Netherlands.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/1.8
  • 1/320s
  • ISO400
  • 50mm