Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53715

Scientific Classification

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

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:20 cm - 3m
Weight:20 g to 150 kg
Identification:Ground legaans have long necks and tails, well-developed limbs, and a snake-like tongue.
Habitat:Most species are aquatic; terrestrial species live in forests, grasslands, deserts and steppes
Diet:Carnivore: eggs, carrion, insects, small to medium-sized vertebrates
Reproduction:All monitors lay eggs, some of which are buried for incubation. Depending on the species, 7-60 eggs may be laid and incubation may be 70-327 days long.
Males often fight each other for dominance.
Behavior:Most species are diurnal.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Legaan is the Australian term for a monitor lizard.

Other Information

Geographic:Africa, Middle East, Southern Asia, Indonesia, Australia Date:1958-1988 Subjects:reptile
herptile
Ground legaan
Ground monitor (unidentified)
lizard
Monitor lizards
Lizards
Squamata
Reptiles
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/53715