monitor lizard


Definition of monitor lizard

: any of various tropical carnivorous lizards (genus Varanus of the family Varanidae) of Australia, Asia, and Africa

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The reptile — what the South Florida Sun Sentinel identified as a monitor lizard, weighing roughly 150 pounds — was first spotted by Zachary Lieberman a few weeks ago on a horse trail behind his family’s home. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Giant lizard in Florida evades capture, torments family: It's 'terrifying to look at'," 31 Aug. 2018 Still, birds, snakes, and monitor lizards are among the main predators of the bluetongue skink. Shane Black, National Geographic, "This Lizard Has a Blue, Ultraviolet Tongue—Here’s Why," 8 June 2018 This video shows a monitor lizard skull fossil fragment with both the parietal and pineal foramina visible (highlighted in yellow). Amina Khan,, "If two eyes are good, four were even better for this lizard species," 3 Apr. 2018 There were other animal remains as well, including deer, a turtle, a monitor lizard and a stegodon, an elephant relative with a weird sideways trunk. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "700,000-Year-Old Butchered Rhino Pushes Back Ancient Human Arrival in the Philippines," 4 May 2018 The team also found the remains of Philippine brown deer, freshwater turtles and monitor lizards during the excavation. NBC News, "Discovery suggests humans lived in Philippines much earlier than believed," 3 May 2018 But apart from jawless lampreys, the extinct monitor lizard is the only vertebrate known to have two additional eyes. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "A four-eyed lizard walked the earth 49 million years ago," 2 Apr. 2018 The extinct Saniwa ensidens, a monitor lizard, lived around 34 million years ago. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "An Ancient Lizard Had Four Eyes But We Don't Know Why," 2 Apr. 2018 And your friends could soon find a perfect duplicate of that cute-as-a-button ferret or that feisty Sahara monitor lizard waiting under the Christmas tree. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "The Promise of Cloning: Are Pets Better the Second Time Around?," 9 Mar. 2018

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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