India home to these Monitor Lizards

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We are all well aware of the small Common home Lizard that has become an unwanted part of family in our Indian Households. But do you know, India is home to bigger and more terrifying lizards .

Below are 4 species of Monitor Varanus Lizards found in India

Asian water monitor (Varanus salvator)

These semi- aquatic lizards are one of the largest varanus lizards by Size. Usually the adults grow between 1.5 metres to 2 metres but reported cases show it can grow upto 3 metres.

Water monitors use their tail,claws and jaws to defend themselves . They are carnivores and consume varied range of prey. They eat fishes, frogs, birds, rodents, crabs, and snakes. They are also known to eat turtles, young crocodiles and crocodile eggs.

It is still not know about the lizard being venomous. Oral bacterias in the lizard are considered as a major reason for after effects of a bite.

Bengal monitor (Varanus benghalensis)

Bengal Monitor Lizard is the terrestrial cousin of the water Lizard. It can grow upto 1.75 metre and have a life span of 22 years.

Bengal monitors are capable of moving fast. The younger ones prefer climbing trees while adults prefer to escape on ground. The lizard although being mostly terrestrial can swim and remain submerged for at least 17 minutes in water.

The species usually feed upon varied diet of invertebrates and vertebrates.

To learn more about Bengal monitor, Read this

Bengal Monitor

Indian Desert monitor (V. griseus koniecznyi)

The Indian Desert Monitor is one of the subspecies of Desert Monitor (Varanus Griseus). The average size of desert monitor lizard is 1 metre but it can grow up to 2 metre. The average age of the lizard does not exceed 8 years.

These carnivores usually feed on Invertebrates but it also eats small mammals and lizards.

Yellow monitor (Varanus flavescens)

It is a medium sized monitor usually 95 cm including the tail. The lizard weigh up to 1.45 Kg.

It is found in flood plains of Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra rivers in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.


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