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Angkor
Reptile Temple

Bosc Monitor

Bosc monitors are also known as Savannah monitors. Their main predators are snakes and birds and they protect themselves through camouflage. It prefers to flee or play dead when in danger, but if cornered, defends itself with tail lashes and if need be, a powerful, vise-like bite. When confronted by a predator, this monitor sometimes rolls onto its back and grasps a hind leg in its mouth, forming a ring with its body and making it harder for the animal to swallow whole while playing dead.

DID YOU KNOW? Other common defences for Savannah monitors are hissing, tail whipping, "puffing up", and biting.

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Insects and rodents.
Varanidae
12 years
Least Concern
Central & Southern Africa.
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