Savannah monitor lizard

Savannah monitor lizard

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Caption: Savannah monitor lizard (Varanus exanthematicus) basking on a termite mound. This medium-sized monitor lizard, also known as Bosc's monitor, is found in sub-Saharan Africa. It feeds on small mammals, birds, eggs and other reptiles. Females lay up to fifty eggs, often inside termite mounds. The eggs are incubated for between five and six months. The male V. exanthematicus is territorial and aggressive. Photographed in Mala Mala, South Africa.

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Keywords: african, animal, basking, bosc's, mala mala, nature, reptile, reptilia, rock, savannah monitor lizard, south africa, subsaharan, sunbathing, sunning, termite mound, varanus exanthematicus, wildlife, zoology

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