MERTENS’ WATER MONITOR
Mertens’ Water Monitors can remain under water for several minutes with the help of a special nostril valve that shuts tightly when submerged.
The introduced cane toad is a major threat to the Mertens’ Water Monitor as they compete for food sources. Monitors can also be poisoned by toxins if a toad is ingested.
To see this species in the wild, we suggest Lakefield National Park, Queensland.
LIFESPAN: Up to 30 years
LENGTH: Up to 110cm
STATUS1: Not listed
1Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation