Savannah Monitor Facts

Wild Locality

Throughout most of Africa, South of the Sahara Desert

Lifestyle

Terrestrial (ground-dwelling)

Diet

Insects, Invertebrates, Other Small Animals, & Eggs (primarily insectivorous carnivore)

Habitat

Savannas, Wooded Areas, & Rocky Outcrops

Adult Size

~ 2-4.5ft & 4-8kg

Activity

Diurnal (active during the day)

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Life Expectancy

~ 8-12 years

Threats

Human Hunting, & Importation

FUN FACTS

Savannah Monitor lizards are a medium-sized monitor found only in Africa, and sustain themselves primarily on a diet of insects and other invertebrates. Their diet may contain roaches, termites, spiders, scorpions, as well as other small animals like rodents, birds, other reptiles and more. All monitor lizards are also known for consuming the eggs of birds and other reptiles as well. The term “monitor” was given to them (and their cousins) due to their alert and highly responsive nature, and they are some of the most intelligent reptiles in all the animal kingdom. All five senses are highly acute, and they are top predators in their natural ecosystem.

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