Nile monitor

Nile monitor

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Caption: Nile monitor. Head of a Nile monitor (Varanus niloticus) with its tongue in the air. This lizard uses its tongue to sense chemicals in the air that can alert it to the presence of prey. It takes a wide variety of prey, including small mammals, birds, insects, other reptiles, fish, crustaceans and carrion. The Nile monitor inhabits most of Africa, with the exception of the desert regions and the north-west. It is active mainly by day, and prefers to stay near water, often hunting in lakes and rivers. It may reach a length of up to two metres. Photographed at Lake Victoria, Uganda.

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Keywords: africa, african, animal, carnivore, carnivorous, head, lake victoria, lizard, nature, nile monitor, predator, predatory, reptile, reptilia, tongue, uganda, varanus niloticus, wildlife, zoology

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