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Savannah Monitor

Savannah monitor lizards are medium-sized, heavy-bodied monitor lizards found in Africa. They are known to be very territorial and aggressively defend their territory. They are diurnal and terrestrial but, are also good climbers.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Lacertilia
    Family Varanidae
    Genus Varanus
    Subgenus Varanus (Polydaedalus)
    Scientific Name Varanus exanthematicus

    Other Names Bosc’s Monitor
    Length Around 60 to 76 cm; largest specimen is 155 cm
    Color Gray to light yellow with uniform circular patterned dark edged yellow spots across the sides and back; undersides of the limbs and belly are gray or yellowish-gray to black; alternating yellowish and brown bands on the tail
    Distribution Sub-Saharan Africa
    Habitat Savannahs, grasslands
    Diet Arthropods like beetles, millipedes, centipedes, scorpions; snails, birds, small mammals, toads, reptiles, eggs, carrion, molluscs
    Hibernation Fact May undergo short hibernation if the weather is very cold
    Predators Snakes, birds
    Breeding Season Wet season
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 20 to 50 eggs
    Incubation Period 5 to 6 months
    Average Lifespan In Wild: Around 8 – 10 years
    In Captivity: Around 15 – 20 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on October 17th 2016 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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