Bengal Monitor or Common Indian monitor is a terrestrial monitor lizards found commonly in Indian Subcontinent as well as in some parts of West and South-east Asia. The monitor lizard is one of the largest and can go up to the size of 1.75 metres .
How does it look!
• The Bengal Monitor is a large monitor lizard, size varying from 61 cm to 175 cm. The males are usually larger than females.
• A grown adult weighs nearly 7.2 kilograms.
• Young Monitor lizards are more colorful than the adults.
Where do they live?
• The species are among the most widely distributed one among all varanid lizards ranging from Iran to Java- an island in Indonesia.
• Bengal monitors are found in river valleys in eastern Iran, Afghanistan, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka,Bangladesh, Pakistan and Burma.
• Bengal monitors are terrestrial lizards found both in dry semiarid desert habitats to floodplains, scrubland, and moist forest. They are also often found in agricultural areas.
Some Important Facts about them!
Lifespan- The Bengal Monitor has a lifespan of 22 years.
Food- The species usually feed upon varied diet of vertebrates and invertebrates. Invertebrate prey mostly consists of beetles, centipedes, maggots, caterpillars, crayfish, scorpions, crabs, earwigs, snails, ants and termites. Vertibrates in include frogs and toads and their eggs, lizards, fish, snakes, rats, squirrels, hares, musk shrews, and birds
Movement– Bengal monitors are capable of moving rapidly. The younger ones prefer climbing trees while adults usually prefer to escape on ground. The lizard although being mostly terrestrial can swim and remain submerged for atleast 17 minutes. They use bushes and trees for shelter
The Bengal monitor is known to be non – venomous!
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