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Asian Water Monitor   (Varanus salvator)
Category: Reptiles

 

 

The Asian water monitor is the third longest lizard in the world, able to reach lengths of 9 feet, though 3-5 feet is the normal range. They inhabit tropical forests in eastern India and Sri Lanka, eastward through southeast Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They are excellent swimmers and eat a wide range of foods, including fish, rodents, eggs, and carrion.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_monitor

http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Lizard-Species/Asian-Water-Monitor/

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Sauropsida
Order - Squamata
Family - Varanidae
Genus - Varanus
Species - V. salvator

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

Please stop blaming snakes for everything

From Medusa to the Bible to Harry Potter, snakes have a bad reputation, but the vast majority are quite harmless - in fact, only about 20% of snakes are venomous, and the bites of less than 7% of snakes are considered medically important! Aside from venomous snakes, there are a few large constrictors that are dangerous, as well. But the truth is that the vast majority of snakes you come across in the wild would prefer to stay out of your way and be left alone! Even in Australia, the only continent in the world where venomous snakes outnumber the non-venomous, there are only 2-4 deaths by snake recorded each year. You are far more likely to be die from a bee sting - or another human - than be hurt by a snake!

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