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Ornate Monitor

Ornate monitor is a monitor lizard found in West and Middle Africa. The species is diurnal and active year round. Although regarded as terrestrial, the lizard is an excellent climber and swimmer.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Family Varanidae
    Genus Varanus
    Scientific Name Varanus ornatus


    Size More than 2 m
    Color Dark olive to black with some bands of yellow spots from the shoulder to the base of the tail
    Distribution Sierra Leone, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Habitat Close to watercourses in lowland rainforest; beaches, mangroves, plantations, suburban areas
    Diet Crabs and other invertebrates, small mammals, birds eggs, sea turtle eggs, carrion
    Breeding Season Subsequent to the rainy season
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 20 to 60 eggs
    Incubation Period Up to 1 year
    Reproductive Age 3 to 4 years of age
    Average Lifespan 10 to 20 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Evaluated

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    Published on February 9th 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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