Monitor Lizard forms the common name for the range of large species of lizards that comprise the Genus Varanus which are native to the continent of Africa, Oceania and Asia.
The Monitor Lizards are marked with long necks, powerful claws and tails along with well-built limbs as always viewed on Uganda Safaris and Tours.
length of the adult existing species stretch from 20cm in some species
up to 3m like the Komodo dragon but the extinct species like the
megalania would even reach 7m. A range of the monitor lizards are
terrestrial though others that are arboreal and semi-aquatic have also
been recorded. The Monitor lizards are majorly carnivores as explored
on wildlife safaris in Uganda
consuming smaller reptiles, birds and fish along with small mammals but
can as well consume some vegetation and fruit depending on their
Regarding distribution, the Monitor Lizards are spread
in various parts of Africa including Uganda where they are encountered
by travellers on Uganda safari tours, parts of India, China, Australia and Florida.
feature extensive territories and undertake active chase hunting
strategy. The Monitor lizards are oviparous producing 7 – 37 eggs which
are covered with soil or a tree stump hollow.
The monitor lizards are listed as threatened on the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).