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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Varanidae
Genus:Varanus
Genus species:Varanus albigularis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:100 cm
Identification:The white-throated monitor is grayish brown with large circular dark-edged yellow spots and a dark line that extends along the side of the head and neck. The scales are non-overlapping. The tail, which is not flattened, is banded with alternating yellow and brown rings. The underside of the monitor is yellowish.
Habitat:Dry steppes, savannas
Diet:Carnivore: reptiles, birds, eggs, invertebrates, carrion
Reproduction:Mating is done during the dry season, timed so that the eggs hatch at the start of the rainy season. Each clutch contains 7-50 eggs.
Male monitors are solitary.
Behavior:This is a nomadic lizard. When threatened, it attacks with well-placed blows from its tail rather than biting.
Status:Threatened
Interesting Facts:When perturbed, it swells its body enormously and forces out the indrawn air with a loud threatening hiss.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Africa Date:1974-12 Subjects:reptile
herptile
White-throated monitor
lizard
Varanus
Monitor lizards
Lizards
Squamata
Reptiles
Vertebrates
Chordata