Savannah Monitor Lizard

The Savannah Monitor (Varanus exanthematicus) is a medium-sized African lizard, living in East Africa, southern Africa, and some areas of West Africa. It is a reptile.

The Savannah Monitor Lizard has a blackish or dark grey body, with five or six rows of yellow blotches, but there can be other colour variations. It has a broad, bulbous snout and a rounded tail. It has short legs.

Savannah Monitor Lizard

Savannah Monitor Lizard

It can grow to 130 centimetres (52 inches) long.

It prefers grasslands and woodlands as well as rocky areas in semi-deserts. It lives away from permanent water holes.

It feeds on baby tortoises, bird nests, snails, beetles, and grasshoppers.

Females use a termite mound or moist soil as a nest. She lays 8-36 eggs, which hatch a year later.

Savannah Monitor Lizard

Savannah Monitor Lizard

Savannah Monitor Lizard

Savannah Monitor Lizard

Savannah Monitor Lizard

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

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