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A large adult male Varanus bitatawa - ZooKeys-266-001-g070.jpg
Varanus bitatawa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Lacertilia
Infraorder: Anguimorpha
Superfamily: Varanoidea
Family: Varanidae
Merrem, 1820

Varanidae is the family of monitor lizards. The family is a group of carnivorous lizards. It includes the largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon, and the crocodile monitor. Varanidae contains the living genus Varanus and some extinct groups. Their closest living relatives are the anguid and helodermatid lizards.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Fry B.G. et al 2006. Early evolution of the venom system in lizards and snakes . Nature 439, 584–588. [1]