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Lace Monitor Lace Goanna
2007-01-02 11:39:59

The Lace Monitor or Lace Goanna, Varanus varius, is a lizard found in Australia. Their range extends from Cape Bedford on Cape York Peninsula to south-eastern South Australia. They frequent both open and closed forests and forage over long distances (up to 2 miles a day). They are mainly active from September to May and shelter during the cooler months. Lace Monitors grow to over 6.5 feet...

Timor Monitor Spotted Tree Monitor
2007-01-02 11:38:41

The Timor Monitor or Spotted Tree Monitor, Varanus timorensis, is a species of small lizard native to Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia. More specifically they are found on the islands of Timor, Savu and Rote in Indonesia. They are found in Samoa in southern New Guinea, and in North territory, Queensland, West Australia. The Timor Monitor is generally a dark green or almost black in...

Water Monitor
2007-01-02 11:38:08

The Water Monitor, Varanus salvator, is perhaps the most prevalent of monitor lizards in Asia. They range from Sri Lanka, India, Indochina, the Malay Peninsula and various islands of Malaysia. They live mostly in tropical forested areas. These lizards grow up to 9 feet long. Their body is muscular with a long powerful tail. They are excellent swimmers, using a raised fin located on their...

Nile Monitor
2007-01-02 11:36:40

The Nile Monitor, Varanus niloticus, is a large member of the lizard family Varanidae. They are native to Africa and commonly found along the Nile River, from where it gets its name. Nile Monitors grow to about 6 feet in length. They have muscular bodies, strong legs and powerful jaws full of sharp teeth. They have sharp claws used for climbing, digging, defense, and tearing apart prey. Like...

Perentie
2007-01-02 11:35:55

The Perentie is the largest monitor lizard native to Australia. They are found west of the Great Dividing Range in the arid regions of Australia. They are not a common sight and can usually escape detection before it has a chance to be seen. An adult Perentie can grow up to 8 feet long although its average size is 5.5 to 6.5 feet long. It is likely the third largest lizard on earth, after...

Savannah Monitor
2007-01-02 11:34:00

The Savannah Monitor, varanus exanthematicus, is a lizard which habitat extends from Senegal as far as Eritrea and northern Zaire. The majority of lizard skin used in the leather trade is derived from this species. This is a robust creature, with powerful limbs used for digging. It grows to lengths in excess of 4 to 5 feet and in some instances can cause deep lacerations with its claws and...

Bengal Monitor
2007-01-02 11:32:33

The Bengal Monitor, Varanus bengalensis, also known as the Common Indian Monitor, is a smaller lizard found throughout Bangladesh and India. Although they are usually found on the ground, the young are often seen in trees. They shelter in burrows or crevices in rocks and buildings. They will often make use of abandoned termite mounds. The Bengal Monitor measures up to 30 inches in body...

Black Tree Monitor
2007-01-02 11:31:32

The Black Tree Monitor, Varanus beccari, is a relatively small member of the Varanidae family. It is native to the forest of the Aru Islands of Papua New Guinea. It is well adapted to living in trees. This species has a particularly long tail, sometimes two-thirds of the overall length of the body. It is used to stabilize the animal when on tree branches. In fact the tail is used for this...

Komodo Dragon
2005-06-15 17:26:29

The Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is the largest lizard in the world, growing to a length of about 10 feet (3 meters) and weighing between 175 to 310 lb (80 and 140 kg). It is a member of the monitor lizard family, Varanidae. Dragons have keen senses and are considered among the most intelligent living reptiles. They are carnivorous, hunting live prey with a stealthy approach...

Goanna
2005-06-15 17:22:40

Australian lizards belonging to the Varanus genus (monitor lizards) are called Goannas. This name is thought to be derived from the word iguana, as early European settlers likened them to the South American lizards. There are around 20 species of goanna, 15 of which that are unique to Australia. They are a varied group of carnivorous reptiles that range greatly in size and fill several...

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