Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53716

Scientific Classification

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

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:3 m
Weight:1-3 kg
Identification:The water legaan is dark brown or black with yellow spots on its undersides and black bands lined with yellow behind each eye. The neck is long, and the legaan's nose is elongated. There is a dorsal keel on the tail, and the scales are keeled.
Habitat:Waterways in heavily forested areas
Diet:Carnivore: mollusks, frogs, insects, birds, rodents, fish, small reptiles
Reproduction:Water legaans mate from April until October. The female will lay her eggs in a tree hole or among tree roots.
Water monitors are not territorial. They are known to congregate around carrion.
Behavior:Hunting is done via an open pursuit method rather than by ambush.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Water legaans can remain underwater for 30 minutes.

Other Information

Geographic:Southeastern Asia Date:1966-11 Subjects:herptile
Water legaan
Water monitor
Two-banded monitor
lizard
reptile
Varanus
Monitor lizards
Lizards
Squamata
Reptiles
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/53716