The Savannah Monitor is a large, fast lizard native to
western Saharan and subSaharan Africa as far south as the
Congo. It can grow over a metre long.
Mainly carnivorous and terrestrial, it climbs well and eats
invertebrates (snails, scorpions, millipedes, crickets),
rodents, eggs, young birds and other reptiles/frogs
Its attractive spotted back and striped underside and
tail (especially the juvenile, above right) give it camouflage
and, together with its intelligence, have made it popular in the pet trade.