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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Varanidae — the monitor lizards.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A genus of very large lizards native of Asia and Africa. It includes the monitors. See monitor, 3.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The typical genus of Varanidæ: synonymous with Monitor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. type and sole extant genus of the Varanidae


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  • Mico acarienaia and a blue reptile known as Varanus macraei . - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • The species, now known as Varanus bitatawa, is more robust than other Varanus lizards, and has unusually vibrant black and golden yellow scale coloration. stories

  • The new species, Varanus lirungensis, is apparently related to the mangrove monitor, V. indicus.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • The lizard you resemble is “Varanus Bitatawa” or, Monitor Lizard.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Beach week.

  • The herpetofauna includes black-necked spitting cobra Naja nigricollis, African puff adder Bitis arietans, west African sand boa Eryx muelleri, sand viper Cerastes cerastes, desert monitor lizard Varanus griseus and various species of gecko.

    Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves, Niger

  • The reptilian fauna includes water monitor Varanus salvator, Indian python Python molurus, common cobra Naja naja and king cobra N. hannah.

    Kaziranga National Park, India

  • The monitor lizard Varanus niloticus and snakes are common including python Python sebae, puff adder Bitis arietans, blacknecked cobra Naja nigricollis, and green mamba Dendroaspis jamesoni.

    Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Reptiles occurring in the river include Geochelone sulcta, Trionys triungis, Varanus niloticus, Python sebae, Python regius, Bitis arietus and Nile crocodile Crocodylus niloticus (V).

    'W' National Park, Niger

  • Reptiles include occasional African python Python sebae sebae and crocodile Crocodylus niloticus and abundant water monitor lizards Varanus niloticus especially on Boadzulu Island.

    Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi

  • There are also three species of monitor, Varanus bengalensis, V. flavescens and V. salvator, and Indian python Python molurus (NT).

    Sundarbans, Bangladesh


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