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Savannah Monitor

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The Savannah Monitor, and all monitors in general, are considered to be one of the most intelligent lizards. With proper training in captivity, they may even come to you on command.
 
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Description

Latin Name: Varanus exanthematicus Conservation Status: Threatened
Distribution: Sub-Saharan Africa Estimated Size: 3' to 4'
 
Most Savannah Monitors are brown or grey and have white spots on their backs. In the upper part of a Savannah Monitors skull, there is actually a third eye. There is no vision through this eye, rather it serves to absorb ultraviolet light. Their scientific name means "eruptive monitor".
 

Classification

- Kingdom: Animalia
 - Phylum: Chordata
  - Class: Sauropsida
   - Order: Squamata
    - Family: Varanidae
     - Genus: Varanus
      - Species: V. exanthematicus
 

         
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