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The Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus) is a large member of the monitor lizard family (Varanidae).
Nile Monitors can grow to about 7 feet / 2 meters in length. They have muscular bodies, strong legs and powerful jaws. They also possess sharp claws used for climbing, digging, defense, or tearing at their prey.
Their nostrils are placed high on the snout, indicating that these animals are highly aquatic, but are also excellent climbers and quick runners on land. Nile Monitors feed on fish, snails, frogs, crocodile eggs and young, snakes, birds, small mammals, large insects.
Nile Monitor Lizard (Varanus niloticus), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 300 mm, 1/640 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 100
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.


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“Animals of Africa”
“Love These Creatures”
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  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    superbly captured.

  • Thank you very much Julie!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Macky
    Mackyover 1 year ago

  • My pleasure Macky!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 1 year ago

    Great close up Konstantinos.

    Cheers Jude x

  • Thanks a lot Jude!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Thea 65
    Thea 65over 1 year ago

    Wonderful….

  • Thanks a lot Thea!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago


    CONGRATULATIONS! Your brilliant work has just been featured!
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    Thank you and WELL DONE!

  • Many thanks for the feature Magie!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you Larry!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    June 1, 2013

    Beautiful!

  • Thank you very much for the feature Teresa!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

  • Thank you Maggie!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

  • WildestArt
    WildestArtover 1 year ago

  • Many thanks for the feature!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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