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SAVANNAH MONITOR

Scientific Name: Varanus exanthematicus
Order
Squamata (amphisbaenians, lizards and snakes)

Family
Varanidae

Habitat & Range
The savannah monitor is primarily a ground-dwelling species that finds shelter in burrows, low trees, and bushes. Its range extends throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

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Name: RODNEY (male)
Location: Education Department
Born: 2012
Arrived at EPZ: 01/23/2015

This animal is not on exhibit. It is part of our educational collection and may only be seen in programs inside or outside of the zoo.
 
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Identification
The savannah monitor ranges in size from 2 to 5 feet in length, with females measuring considerably smaller than males. The limbs are relatively short given the long body size. Coloration varies based on habitat, but generally they are covered in large tan or black scales with a striped or spotted pattern.

Diet
Young savannah monitors feed on crickets, scorpions, and various amphibians, while adults feed exclusively on arthropods and molluscs.

Reproduction & Lifespan
Females lay anywhere from 15 to 45 eggs, which she buries in a nest or burrow dug into the ground. The eggs hatch after an incubation period of 140 to 180 days.

Savannah monitors can live up to 11 years.

 
 
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