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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

What does the Monitor lizard look like?

Monitor lizards are a large group of reptiles that belong to the genus Varanus in the family Varanidae.

They have elongated heads and necks, powerful tails and claws, and well-developed limbs.

Their tongues are long, forked, and resemble those of snakes.

They vary in size and color, depending on the species.

Some of the largest monitor lizards are the Komodo dragon, which can grow up to 3 meters (10 feet) long, and the two-banded monitor, which can reach 2.7 meters (9 feet) long.

Some of the smallest monitor lizards are the short-tailed monitor, which is only 20 centimeters (8 inches) long, and the pygmy monitor, which is about 25 centimeters (10 inches) long.

Monitor lizards have different patterns and markings on their scales, such as spots, stripes, bands, or blotches.

Some monitor lizards have bright colors, such as green, yellow, or blue, while others have more subdued colors, such as brown, gray, or black.

Monitor lizards are native to Africa, Asia, Australia, and some islands in the Pacific.

They live in various habitats, such as forests, savannas, deserts, and wetlands.

They are mostly carnivorous, feeding on smaller animals, eggs, and carrion.

Some monitor lizards, such as the gray's monitor and the butaan, also eat fruits and vegetation.

Monitor lizards are active and agile hunters, using their keen sense of smell, sight, and hearing to locate their prey.

They can also swim, climb, and dig.

Monitor lizards are generally solitary, except during the breeding season.

They lay eggs in burrows, nests, or hollow trees, and some species guard their eggs until they hatch.

Monitor lizards are among the most intelligent reptiles, and some species can recognize their keepers and learn simple tasks.
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