This medium sized monitor is native to Indonesia and was only discovered in 2001. They are agile climbers and can grow up to about 40 inches from nose to tail.
Individuals’ color patterns can vary from grey to bright blue, and the black blotches can be spots or stripes. Their irises can also range from brown to orange to red. The tail is prehensile, and is often curled at rest.
Populations are unknown and very unstable. Because they are so beautiful, demands for pet trade and skins are skyrocketing. Since their discovery, illegal poaching and dealing has been taking advantage of the lack of information on this new reptile. Their range is very small, and this over exploitation could wipe them out.