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2009-09-30 11:10:13

The world's largest living lizard species, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), is vulnerable to extinction and yet little is known about its natural history.


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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 all monitors they have a forked tongue, which facilitates their sense of smell. Their nostrils...

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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 purpose solely. It does not use its tail for lashing in a defensive manner as seen in other monitor...

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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 followed by a sudden short charge (they can run briefly at speeds up to 20 km/h). They have a strong bite...

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megalophonous
  • Having a loud voice; vociferous; clamorous.
  • Of grand or imposing sound.
The word 'megalophonous' comes from Greek roots meaning 'big' and 'sound'.