Savannah monitor

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Savannah monitor
Varanus exanthematicus in the wild.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Lacertilia
Family: Varanidae
Genus: Varanus
Binomial name
Varanus exanthematicus

The savannah monitor (or Bosc's monitor) is a medium-sized monitor lizard from Africa. Its scientific name is Varanus exanthematicus.

Its range extends throughout sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal east to Sudan and south almost to the Congo River and Great Rift Valley.[1] It is a ground-dwelling species which shelters in burrows, although it is sometimes found in bushes or low trees.[2]

Information about the diet of Savannah monitors in the wild has been recorded in Senegal [3] and Ghana.[1][4] It feeds almost exclusively on arthropods and molluscs.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bennett, Daniel (2004). "Chapter 5.2: Varanus exanthematicus". In Pianka, Eric R. Varanoid Lizards of the World. Indiana University Press. pp. 95–103. ISBN 0-253-34366-6. 
  2. Bennett, Daniel (2003). The Savannah monitor, the truth about Varanus exanthematicus. UK: Viper Press. p. 84. ISBN 0-9526632-9-5.  Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)
  3. Cisse, M (1972). "L'alimentaire des Varanides au Senegal". Bulletin L'Institute Fond. Afr. Noire. 34: 503–515.
  4. Bennett, Daniel (2000). "Preliminary data on the diet of juvenile Varanus exanthematicus in the coastal plain of Ghana.". Herpetological Journal. 10: 75–76.