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Savannah monitor

(Varanus exanthematicus)

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Description

The savannah monitor (Varanus exanthematicus) is a medium-sized species of monitor lizard native to Africa.The species is known as Bosc's monitor in Europe,since French scientist Louis Bosc first described the species.It belongs to the subgenus Polydaedalus,along with the Nile,the ornate and other monitors.Bosc's or savannah monitors are stoutly built,with relatively short limbs and toes,and skulls and dentition adapted to feed on hard-shelled prey.Maximum size is usually between 105 and 155 cm (3.5 to 5.0 ft) in length,although most specimens collected in the wild ranged from 60 to 76 cm (2 to 2.5 ft) with females being considerably smaller.The pattern of coloration of the skin varies according to the local habitat substrate.The body scales are large,usually less than 100 scales around midbody,a partly laterally compressed tail with a double dorsal ridge and nostrils equidistant from the eyes and the tip of the snout.

Taxonomic tree:

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