Savannah Monitor

Varanus exanthematicus 

Description: Savannah monitors have more of a box shaped head compared to most other monitors. They are dark brownish gray with lighter spots on their back and sides.

Range: Sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal east to Ethiopia

Habitat: Savannah monitors occur in a variety of habitats including open woodland, savannah, and semi-desert regions.

Diet:
Wild: worms, insects, frogs, lizards, snakes, birds, rodents, and carrion
Zoo: earthworms, crickets, minnows, rodents, and a meat diet

Reproduction: Savannah monitor nesting takes place approximately 50-70 days after breeding. Females lay a clutch of 15-46 eggs in a burrow dug into the ground or the side of a termite mound. These eggs hatch in about 140-180 days.