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THE WATER MONITOR

26 September 2013

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Scientific Name : Varanus niloticus

Lenght : +/- 2.42 m

Species : 59 species

Colour : Greyish-brown to a dirty olive-brown

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www.leopard.tvWater monitors are large lizards that are geographically limited to the Old World (eastern hemisphere), but they are most diverse in Australia where they occur throughout the continent. They also occur in south-eastern Asia and Africa, but not in Madagascar. There are 59 species of monitor known to science, but only the rock and the water monitor occur in southern Africa.

The water monitor Varanus niloticus is also known as the Nile monitor. In its geographic distribution it is limited to the eastern, and consequently the more mesic, parts of Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa. However, it(Become a subscriber for more)

 

Reference:

Alexander, G and J Marais 2010. A guide to the reptiles of southern Africa, third impression. Cape Town: Struik, pp 212 – 214.

article by: Prof J du P Bothma

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