Habitat: Australia and New Guinea
Status: No conservation concerns
A unique characteristic of the Argus monitor is that it will “tripod,” meaning it will rear up on its hind legs while supporting its body with its huge tail. This behavior helps it to spot prey and enemies from far away.
Oh, and the Yellow-spotted monitor likes food. A lot. It’s been called a “bottomless pit” of a reptile because of its voracious appetite. It will surely go after a keepers hand if it hadn’t been fed in a while!