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Nile Monitor Lizard (Varanus niloticus) by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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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.
Chobe National Park, Botswana, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/500 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 160
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.

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  • Hidemi Tada
    Hidemi Tadaabout 4 years ago

    wonderful shot! I love big lizard. i saw similar one in Malaysia, usually they are living in a river but often i met them in a park or on the road. i wanted to be a friend with them, but they were too shy and run away quickly. One evening i watched their mating. females changed their skin color into pink. it was a surprising.

  • Thanks a lot Hidemi!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful detail Konstantinos, excellent capture and use of DoF

  • Thank you very much David!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Hidemi Tada
    Hidemi Tadaabout 4 years ago

    this is the one i saw in Malacca , Malaysia

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosabout 4 years ago

    This is just fabulous – great detail.

  • Thanks a lot, cheers mate!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Matt Eagles
    Matt Eaglesabout 4 years ago

    great shot!

  • Thank you very much Matt!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    Like all you work outstanding!

  • Many thanks Ray, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Olitto
    Olittoabout 4 years ago

    Great capture Konstantinos. Well done!

  • Thank you verry much Olitto!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • It’s my pleasure David!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • marella
    marellaover 3 years ago

  • With pleasure Marella!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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