Nile Monitor


Common name : African small-grain lizard, Water leguaan, River leguaan

Scientific name : Varanus niloticus

Family : Varanidae

Native to : Africa

Interesting fact : They can remain submerged in water for up to an hour.

Conservation status : Least Concern

Nile monitors are fond of crocodiles’ eggs and can be found near their nests. They have thin yellow bands on their backs and tails. They can be found near water bodies like rives and prey upon fish, frogs, snails, eggs amidst a host of others. They bask in the sun to regulate body temperature. Eggs are laid in termites’ mounds.

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