KEEPERS at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire Oaks are looking after a pair of emerald green monitor lizards.
Originally from New Guinea and its surrounding islands, the lizards are renowned for their bright colouring which can range from bright green to turquoise.
The adult four-year-old male and female are both close to three-quarters-of-a-metre in length and staff are hoping they may eventually breed.
Blue Planet curator, Andrea Redfern, said: “They are really stunning looking reptiles, with this fantastic colouring.
“I’m delighted that we have managed to get hold of a pair of adults and now the plan will be to try and get them to breed over the coming months,” she added.
The lizards are mainly tree-dwellers and are found in mangroves, rainforests and palm forests. They have long, prehensile tails which they use to hold on to branches.
The lizards also have long claws and specially-adapted scales on the soles of their feet which help them climb.
The emerald green monitor lizards is also the only known type of monitor lizard that is omnivorous; eating a diet that includes berries, fruit, insects, frogs, lizards and other small animals.