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Nile monitor

Varanus niloticus

Description:

Nile Monitors can grow to about 9 feet in length. They have muscular bodies, strong legs and powerful jaws. The teeth are sharp and pointed in juvenile animals and become blunt and peg-like in adults. They also possess sharp claws used for climbing, digging, defense, or tearing at their prey. Like all monitors they have a forked tongue, with highly developed olfactory properties. Nile Monitors live throughout Africa except for desert regions.



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NeilHarris
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NeilHarris

North-West, Botswana

Lat: -18.40, Long: 21.88

Spotted on Jun 20, 2010
Submitted on Feb 23, 2011

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