Groot is a Black-Throated Monitor. They are native to southern Africa. When they are young, they spend time on the ground and in trees. This is known as being semi arboreal. When they reach adult size, they spend more time on the ground. They are strict carnivores; their diet consists of small mammals, birds, fish, eggs, and insects. They can grow up to 7 feet and weigh more than 60 pounds. Groot has lived here in our rainforest room since 2021. He arrived as a juvenile and currently weighs 15 pounds. Groot likes to be held by his keepers and go on walks through the rainforest room and gift shop.
They are the heaviest lizard in Africa. They can walk on leashes like other pets. They can be as friendly as a dog. They can recognize their keepers.