Philippine Water Monitor

Zoo Location: Reptile Tropics
 Philippine Water Monitor

This monitor lizard prefers mangrove forests and tropical regions of the island of Mindanao in the Phillipines.

Zoo Diet

Our monitors are fed crickets, locusts, small mice, quail eggs and cockroaches here at the zoo.

Wild Diet

In the wild they eat a varied diet of birds, fish, mammals, carrion, rodents, invertebrates, molluscs and eggs.


This species can also be called the yellow-headed water monitor, Mindanao water monitor, or Cuming's water monitor. They are diurnal, meaning they are mostly active during the day.


Not much is known about the breeding of this particular monitor. In other species of monitor, females will approach males and the two may spend time basking together before mating.


They are classified on the IUCN Red List as being of Least Concern.


  • Latin Name: Varanus cumingi
  • Class: Reptiles
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Varanidae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern
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