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Nile monitor

Varanus niloticus


The water monitor a relatively common large predatory lizard. They hunt both aquatic and terrestrial prey and can give a very nasty bacteria filled bite. When threatened themselves they are able to produce a burst of speed and can even climb trees to evade predators.

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Nile monitor lizard
Varanus niloticus Nile monitor

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

You're welcome

AmySutcliffe 9 years ago

Thanks S Frazier, error corrected. They are indeed a different species but with very similar appearance and ecology. :-)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Hello. The water monitor is an Asian species Cheers

AmySutcliffe 9 years ago

Thanks guys, it was lovely to see him. I saw two or thee in whilst in South Africa but this was the only one that didn't make a run for it straight away so I could get a shot. It was getting towards evening and a bit on the cold side for the time of year so he was probably laying on the dark coloured gravel to try and stay a bit warmer and didn't much want to move from it. :)

MaryEvans2 9 years ago

beautiful spotting and photo. I Would love to see one of these up close and personal :)

Aaron_G 9 years ago

Simply gorgeous. Great spotting!

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Emnambithi-Ladysmith Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spotted on Nov 29, 2011
Submitted on Feb 17, 2012

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