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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Recent Examples on the Web Some of the animal species that were imported, including a flying fox and monitor lizard, require a permit to import because of regulations on the trade of threatened and endangered animals. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 May 2021 Up the road, a monitor lizard, a creature more crocodile than newt, lumbered across the tarmac, with little traffic to impede its crossing. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2021 Customers at a 7-Eleven in Thailand were in for a surprise when a giant Asian monitor lizard scurried into the convenience store. Amy Wray, CNN, 9 Apr. 2021 However, Godzilla’s bite is by no means weak, and all of his teeth are flesh-piercing, similar to crocodile and monitor lizard teeth. Kiersten Formoso, The Conversation, 29 Mar. 2021 At top are three extant species: the gharial, which eats fish; the American crocodile, which eats harder invertebrates like snails and crustaceans; and Grey’s monitor lizard, which is an omnivore. Matt Simon, Wired, 28 Oct. 2020 In the days that followed, videos of other animals displaced in urban landscapes in the Philippines — a pig in Cebu City, a cow on an Iloilo highway, and a monitor lizard stalking a Davao suburb — also attracted online attention. Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2020 The reptiles were mostly snakes, but also tortoises, box turtles, monitor lizards, little alligators, and water dragons, said Kathy Shillinglaw, outreach coordinator at MADACC. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2020 More than half the ball pythons, emperor scorpions, and savanna monitor lizards were destined for the U.S., which is the largest consumer of live wildlife globally and imports millions of animals a year, mostly for the pet trade. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, 3 Oct. 2019

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Monitor lizard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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