Nile Monitor Lizard - Reptiles

Nile Monitor Lizard  - map of occurrence

Nile Monitor Lizard

Varanus niloticus

conservation status no relevant data

Weight: max. 10 kg (24lbs)
Lenght: 1.5-2.1m (4.5-7ft)
Wild population: no relevant data
Lifespan: approx. 10-20 years
Gestation: 20-60 eggs which hatch in 1 year
Identificationa stout body, powerful limbs with strong curved claws, colour dark brown with lighter spots and blotches, the belly is pale with dar bars, juveniles black and bright yellow
Range: all Sub-Saharan Africa except Somalia, Namibia and parts of SA (here mostly in Kruger NP)
Habitat: shores of african rivers, lakes, lagoons and swamps with adjacent woodlands

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These largest african lizards possess sharp claws used for climbing, digging, defense, or tearing at their prey. Like all monitors they have a forked tongue. Their nostrils are placed high on the snout, indicating that these animals are highly aquatic strong swimmers, but are also excellent climbers and quick runners on land. Nile Monitors feed on fish, snails, frogs, crocodile eggs and young, snakes, birds, small mammals, large insects, and carrion. During the day they often lie among dry leaves close to rivers or rest in trees leaping straight into the water when startled.
Nile monitors are not venomous but a bite from a monitor lizard is quite likely to become infected due to bacteria on their teeth.

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camera:NIKON D300
lens:Sigma 120-300 mm F2.8 APO EX DG IF HSM
extender:Sigma APO 2.0 EX DG
focal length:500 mm
exposure time:1/400 s
stativ:GITZO 1541T + MA 322RC 2
location:South Luangwa, Zambia