Did you know that the crocodile monitor is thought to be the longest lizard in the world? Its tail is twice as long as its head and body! It is usually black and white with yellow and or green specks and has folds around its throat.
These monitors are arboreal and spend most of their time in trees. While they are thought to be a calm lizard, they do have a very powerful tail that can cause damage if the animal is threatened. They use their tail like a whip to deter predators.
Boa constrictors are both terrestrial (ground dwelling) and arboreal (tree dwelling), and are great at camouflage. Depending on the habitat they are trying to blend into, their bodies can be many different shades of tan, brown, gray and black. The patterns can also vary. Boas are non-venomous constrictors, meaning that they squeeze their prey. Their jaws can stretch wide to swallow their prey whole. These snakes are solitary and nocturnal.
The bushmaster is the largest of the pit vipers and the largest venomous snake in South America. The bushmaster is considered dangerous, with potentially lethal venom. They have pits located between the eyes and nostrils that are used to “sense” the body heat of prey. They swallow their prey head-first, but the snake will also bite and release larger or more dangerous prey.