Indian Water Monitor lizard is one of the largest as well as the heaviest species of lizards, second only to the Komodo Monitors. The average length of a water monitor is around 4 feet. Its entire upper body has round and protruding scales and the abdomen is covered with smooth scales. Usually drab gray or olive in color, Water monitors of India are dotted with circular-shaped yellow spots. The tail is quite long, making 1/3rd of the total length. Their claws are very sharp and the sense of smell is highly developed.
Water monitors are found inhabiting India, Philippine Islands, Sri
Lanka, Southern China, Malaysia, and Borneo. However, they are rarely
seen living far away from water and are extremely good swimmers.
The diet of Water Monitor lizards comprises of fish, crabs, mollusks,
insects, eggs, frogs, snakes, birds, and at times, other lizards also.
Larger lizards may also eat monkeys, small deer, carrion and even human
The breeding season of the Water Monitors of India stretches throughout
the year. The clutch size usually consists of 15 eggs. The nests are
made in burrows, tree hollows and even inside termite mounds.
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