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    African Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus)

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    African Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus)

    Post by sesrocker on April 26th 2009, 23:28



    Scientific Name: Varanus niloticus
    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Reptilia
    Order: Squamata
    Suborder: Scleroglossa
    Family: Varanidae
    Genus: Varanus

    Physical Characteristics
    Nile monitors grow to about 1.5 to 2 meters (4.5 to 6.5 feet) in length. They have muscular bodies, strong legs and powerful jaws. The teeth are sharp and pointed in juvenile animals and become blunt and peg-like in adults. They also possess sharp claws used for climbing, digging, defense, or tearing at their prey. Like all monitors they have a forked tongue, with highly developed olfactory properties.

    Distribution
    Nile monitors live throughout Africa except for desert regions. They have also been introduced to Florida. They were sighted in and near Sanibel, Florida, and one was spotted in Homestead, FL.

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