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Water Monitor

Water monitor lizards are the world’s second largest monitor lizards found in south and Southeast Asia. They are strongly built with well developed legs and powerful tails. The species is a very common monitor lizard occurring in large parts of Asia. They are adept swimmers.



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


    Other Names Malayan Water Monitor, Asian Water Monitor, Common Water Monitor, Water Monitor, Two-banded Monitor, Ring Lizard, Plain Lizard, Rice Lizard, No-mark Lizard
    Length 1.5 – 2m; largest specimen recorded is 3.21m
    Weight Around 19.5 kg; heaviest specimens weigh more than 50 kg
    Color Blackish or dark brown, under part consists of yellow spots
    Distribution Sri Lanka, India, Indochina, the Malay Peninsula, islands of Indonesia
    Habitat Tropical forests, river banks, swamps
    Diet  Fish, frogs, birds, crabs, rodents, snakes, turtles, young crocodiles and crocodile eggs, carrion
    Predators Snakes, wildcats
    Breeding Season April – October
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Around 15 eggs
    Incubation Period 6 to 10 months
    Reproductive Age 2 years of age
    Average Lifespan Around 15 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on October 17th 2016 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 14th August 2018.

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