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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
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