Monitor Lizard

January 26, 2011 by staff 

Monitor Lizard, lizards, also known as biawak or goannas, Vara**s genus, are members of the family Varanidae. They have a distinctive set of upper teeth to intimidate predators or danger. Vara**s is a group of largely carnivorous lizards which includes the largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon and the crocodile monitor. The closest relatives are the lizards and anguid helodermatid .

lizards are generally large reptiles, although some can be as small as 12 centimeters in length. They have a long neck, powerful tails and claws, and well-developed members. Most species are terrestrial, but arboreal monitors and semi-aquatic mammals are also known. Almost all lizards are carnivorous, although bitatawa Vara**s, Vara**s prasinus Vara**s olivaceus and are also known to eat fruit. They are oviparous, laying eggs from 7 to 37, they are often covered with soil or protect in a hollow tree stump .

Different species of Vara**s cover a vast area, occurring throughout Africa, the Asian subcontinent of India and Sri Lanka to China, down Southeast Asia to Indonesia, the Philippines , New Guinea, Australia and islands in the Indian Ocean and South China Sea. There is also a large concentration of lizards in Tioman Island in the Malaysian state of Pahang.
lizards differ greatly from other lizards in several ways, with a relatively high metabolic rate for reptiles and several sensory adaptations that benefit the hunting of live prey. Recent research indicates that varanid lizards, including the Komodo dragon may have some venom The discovery of venom in lizards and lizards agamid, led to the hypothesis Toxicofera:. all venomous snakes and lizards share a common venomous ancestor .

During the late Cretaceous era, monitor lizards and their relatives are believed to have evolved into amphibians, then fully marine forms, mosasaurs, which reached lengths of up to 17 m.

It was also believed that snakes are more closely related to lizards than any other existing type of reptile, but it was suggested that snakes are the sister group of clade iguanians and anguimorphs .

During the Pleistocene epoch, giant lizards lived in Southeast Asia and Australasia, the best known fossils being priscus Vara**s (formerly known as Prisca Megalania). The species is an emblematic member of the Pleistocene megafauna of Australia.

Some lizards, including Komodo dragons are capable of parthenogenesis.

(AP) – Animal services officers often receive calls reporting “huge” monstrous reptiles, but to come and find a garden snake Itty-Bitty.

The 5-foot Monitor lizard wandering around a condominium complex in the city of Riverside was much larger than animal control officer Jenny Selter could have imagined.

“She said she has seen and almost jumped back in her truck,” said John Welsh, spokesman for Riverside County departments of animal. “People were panicking because this is the Godzilla-like creature walking on the sidewalk.”

Selter managed to get a catch pole – a long pole with a loop at the end that is used to control vicious dogs – around the neck of the animal, Welsh said. He was docile at first, but then he began to whistle.

A policeman grabbed the lizard’s body while holding on its pointy Selter, tail swing, and together they put in a compartment of her truck which is generally used for large dogs.

Black-throated lizards are carnivorous, their own legal and California native grasslands of Africa and parts of Asia. Minors and go for about 100 in pet stores, but they grow up.

Back at the shelter, the staff found the reptile has been very good for a lizard.

“The last we had was bad. But it does whistle and we were able to walk. He was investigated and does not break anyone,” said Welsh. “We believe it was pet from someone a long time, because it’s so big. I think they could let him wander around the house. Maybe he is sleeping on a bean bag?

Welsh believes that the animal had escaped from its scaly cage or recovered in bulk while its owner was absent, and he hopes its owner comes to claim it soon.

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