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Bengal Monitor

Bengal monitor is a species of large lizard found in parts of Southeast Asia and West Asia. The species is terrestrial and diurnal. The lizard is also known to be solitary.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Lacertilia
    Family Varanidae
    Genus Varanus
    Subgenus Empagusia
    Scientific Name Varanus bengalensis


    Other Names Common Indian Monitor
    Size 61 to 175 cm
    Weight Around 7.2 kg
    Color Light brown or gray ground color with dark spots
    Distribution Iran, Afghanistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma
    Habitat Dry semiarid desert habitats, moist forest, agricultural areas
    Diet Beetles, grubs, scorpions, orthopterans, snails, ants and other invertebrates; also feed on vertebrates like frogs, fish, snakes, lizards, rodents
    Predators Other Bengal monitors, large snakes, birds of prey, mongooses, feral cats, wild and domesticated dogs
    Breeding Season June to September
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Around 20 eggs
    Incubation Period 4 to 8 months
    Reproductive Age Around 2.5 to 3 years of age
    Average Lifespan Up to 22 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on February 11th 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 18th July 2018.

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