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Monitor Lizard 2

Monitor Lizard 2
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Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 1 N: 636] (3124)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-21
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-20 9:37
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Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Land: As one of the oldest types of lizards, there are many different species of monitor lizards, and they cover a variety of areas. Ranging from some parts of Africa, India, Sri Lanka, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Australia.

Adult Size: With such a variety of locations for the monitors, their size ranges vastly also. The smallest monitor lizard can be anywhere from 8 inches in length and the largest monitor located in Southeast Asia can grow up to 9 feet in length.
Monitor Lizard Appearance: The Savannah monitor, also known as the Cape Monitor, can grow up to 5 feet in length. Its body is an olive brown color with little to no markings. Occasionally a few will have pale spots in areas and dark brown to black forming in the cross bands. The Nile monitor grows up to 6 feet. It is a dark brown-black color with pale to yellow bands on the body.

Diet: As younglings, monitor lizards may eat insects and vegetables. However, the monitor lizard is a carnivore. It will need to eat meat to sustain itself. The monitor lizard can also be fed boiled eggs, earthworms, silkworms and feeder goldfish. The Nile monitor, Varanus niloticus, grows to 6 feet. It is dark brown-black with pale to yellow bands and spots forming broken cross bands on the body
Ease of Care: Because of the large size of most monitor lizards some can be very dangerous to keep as pets. However, the Savanna and the white throat monitor are often kept as pets because of their small size and their ability to be easily domesticated.
Housing in Captivity: Like all reptiles that are kept as pets, monitors need hiding places, and an appropriate substrate (bedding). Monitors also need a large water dish in which they can soak their entire body.

Temperament: Monitors are very active lizards. They may be very hostile and may lash out with their tails when agitated. Small monitors can also produce a stinging lash with their tail. Monitors also have very sharp claws and strong jaws.

Monitor Lizard Breeding: Monitors can lay between 7 to 35 soft-shelled eggs. They usually place the eggs in holes near riverbanks or in trees along paths of water.

Source: Lizards.com

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Hi Natley,
Hope my internet problems are solved. Lucky to catch this Monitor Lizard sun bathing. Great composition, natural environment with nice colours.

Hi Natley,

Wow what a ominous looking creature you have here today my good friend, fabulous capture but with no scale of its size it looks enormous Hoo Haa!, lovely specimen and very well done,
Best Regards,


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-20 10:53]

Hi Natley,
Nice shot, natural colours and good details.
Nice portrait of this long lizard.
Regards Jiri.

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-10-20 19:58]

Hi Natley,

Superb linear composition of this large lizard. I guess it's having a sunbath before lunch. The nice light & fine focus show off it's detail & characteristic features so well. Well done on this pleasing image.



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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-22 16:51]

Hello Natley,
Once again I'm thankful we live in Ohio, where we don't have to worry about 9 foot lizards running around in the back yard.
This is a real beauty though, and you have done a fine job of showing it off to all those on TN.
This particular fellow seems to be quite happy just lying around soaking up the sun. I have seen shows on the National Geographic channel about Monitor Lizards, and they seem to be relatively slow movers, but this guy looks like he could move pretty fast if he really wanted to. Great work!!

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