Savannah Monitor

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Savannah Monitor

Place of Birth:

AFRICA: The Savanna Monitor is naturally found in the savannahs and grasslands of central Africa.  Other species of monitor lizards can also be found in Asia, Australia, and Indonesia

Eating Habits:

These reptiles are carnivores. They will eat insects, birds, rodents, fish, frogs, other reptiles, eggs, snails and any other animal small enough for them to catch. They are also opportunistic scavengers and will eat the carcasses of dead animals.

Quick Facts:

Scientific Name Varanus exanthematicus albigularis
Size The Savanna will reach 4 – 4.5 feet in length and weigh 5-10 lbs.
Color Brown or gray with white spots ringed in darker brown (or gray) across the back. The tail is banded in lighter shades of brown or gray.
Lifespan Up to 20 years in the wild.  They are fully mature at 3 years.
Eco Status Least concern but 4 of the 37 known species of monitor are classified as endangered

Habitat:

The Savanna Monitor inhabits a variety of environments, including the savanna grasslands, dry woodlands, open forests, and dry, rocky areas. They prefer a drier climate, and are not found in the wetter rainforest areas; nor are they found in true deserts.

Animal’s Behaviour

The Savanna Monitor is a medium-sized monitor, generally brown or gray in color with white spots ringed in darker brown (or gray) across the back, with the tail banded in lighter shades of brown or gray. They have strong jaws and blunt teeth, which they use to crack eggs and snail shells. They have long blue tongues that they use to smell and a thick skin with beaded scales.  They have heavy claws, designed for digging in the concrete-like structures of termite mounds. This lizard lives in burrows, which they will did themselves. They will also claim abandoned burrows as well and tree hollows, since they are good climbers. Males are very territorial and will defend their territory aggressively.  Female monitors will lay clutches of 10-50 eggs in an underground nests or termite mound in late fall.  The young hatch after five to six months, usually in March.