Some species are thought to carry a weak venom!
Monitor Lizard Scientific Classification
- Scientific Name
- Varanus Indicus
Monitor Lizard Conservation Status
Monitor Lizard Facts
- Main Prey
- Rodents, Snakes, Lizards
- River banks and coastal forests
- Human, Snakes, Wildcats
- Average Litter Size
- Favorite Food
- Some species are thought to carry a weak venom!
Monitor Lizard Physical Characteristics
- Skin Type
- Top Speed
- 28 mph
- 8-30 years
- 1-166kg (2.2-366lbs)
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Monitor Lizards are large reptiles found in Africa and all across Asia, including the surrounding seas. The monitor lizard is mainly found in jungle areas although some species of monitor lizard are water-bound.
Some species of monitor lizard are thought to carry a fairly weak venom, for example, the komodo dragon which is the largest of the species. The komodo dragon is native to the small Indonesian island that it is named after and is the largest species of lizard in the world.
According to legend, monitor lizards were a sign that there were crocodiles close by, possibly due to their standing on their hind legs to monitor their surroundings. Monitor lizards do this so that they are aware of any approaching predators.
Although many species of monitor lizard are quite big, some species of monitor lizard are smaller than 20 cm in length. Monitor lizards are extremely versatile animals and monitor lizards adapt well into different environments.
Most species of monitor lizard have a predominantly carnivorous diet, eating eggs, smaller reptiles, fish, birds and small mammals. Some species of monitor lizard also eat fruit and vegetation depending on where they live.
Female monitor lizards bury their eggs in holes or hollow tree stumps that the female monitor lizard then covers with dirt in order to protect her eggs. Monitor lizards can lay up to 30 eggs at a time, although many monitor lizards lay less, and only a lucky few of the monitor lizard babies tend to survive.
Monitor lizards are thought to be fairly intelligent animals, with some people claiming that monitor lizards are able to recognise numbers up to six, therefore meaning that monitor lizards are able to count! Monitor lizards mainly use their intelligence in the wild by surveying areas for oncoming danger and for hunting their prey.View all 45 animals that start with M
Monitor Lizard FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Are Monitor Lizards herbivores, carnivores, or omnivores?
Monitor Lizards are Omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and other animals.
What Kingdom do Monitor Lizards belong to?
Monitor Lizards belong to the Kingdom Animalia.
What class do Monitor Lizards belong to?
Monitor Lizards belong to the class Reptilia.
What phylum to Monitor Lizards belong to?
Monitor Lizards belong to the phylum Chordata.
What family do Monitor Lizards belong to?
Monitor Lizards belong to the family Varanidae.
What order do Monitor Lizards belong to?
Monitor Lizards belong to the order Squamata.
What type of covering do Monitor Lizards have?
Monitor Lizards are covered in Scales.
What genus do Monitor Lizards belong to?
Monitor Lizards belong to the genus Varanus.
In what type of habitat do Monitor Lizards live?
Monitor Lizards live on river banks and in coastal forests.
What is the main prey for Monitor Lizards?
Monitor Lizards prey on rodents, snakes, and lizards.
What are some predators of Monitor Lizards?
Predators of Monitor Lizards include humans, snakes, and wildcats.
How many babies do Monitor Lizards have?
The average number of babies a Monitor Lizard has is 10.
What is an interesting fact about Monitor Lizards?
Some species of Monitor Lizard are thought to carry a weak venom!
What is the scientific name for the Monitor Lizard?
The scientific name for the Monitor Lizard is Varanus Indicus.
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