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 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, "Forget bird flu — ostrich fever is gripping the Philippines," 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, "Police removed 53 reptiles, including little alligators, from a West Allis home over the weekend," 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, "U.S. demand for pets and skins threatens some African animals," 3 Oct. 2019 The five most commonly traded, CITES-listed, live animals for the legal exotic pet trade were the ball python, African gray parrot, emperor scorpion, leopard tortoise, and savanna monitor lizard. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "U.S. demand for pets and skins threatens some African animals," 3 Oct. 2019 Researchers are slowly but surely uncovering new details about the mosasaur, which are related to the modern-day Komodo dragons and other monitor lizards. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "These Prehistoric Sea Monsters Had a Mean Breast Stroke," 25 Sep. 2019 Most monitor lizards just have these vermiform (worm-shaped) osteoderms, but this guy has four very distinct morphologies, which is very unusual across lizards. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Komodo Dragons Have Skin That Looks Like Chain Mail," 17 Sep. 2019 Similarly, the earless monitor lizard, found only in Borneo, was first described in 2012 in a paper in the Journal of Threatened Taxa. National Geographic, "This shy Caribbean lizard is now a coveted pet—and critically endangered. How did this happen?," 30 Apr. 2019 Last Tuesday, the animal stars included an African porcupine, a caracal, a smallish African cat with prominent tufted ears, a monitor lizard and a cheetah. San Diego Union-Tribune, "For San Diego Zoo visitors, Sundown Summer Safari gives something extra," 22 June 2019

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Monitor lizard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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