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Northern Sierra Madre forest monitor

(Varanus bitatawa)

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Description

The forest monitor lizard can grow to more than 2 m (6.6 ft) in length,but weighs only about 10 kg (22 lb)."Its scaly body and legs are a blue-black mottled with pale yellow-green dots,while its tail is marked in alternating segments of black and green." Dorsal ground coloration is black,"accentuated with bright golden yellow in life,while the dorsum is golden yellow spots and flecks. News reports emphasized that males have hemipenes,paired penis-like organs.However,all male lizards and snakes have hemipenes.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Varanidae
Genus:Varanus
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