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Goannas Monitors and Earless Monitor: Varanidae

Physical Characteristics, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Monitors, Goannas, Earless Monitor, And PeopleGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT

KOMODO DRAGON (Varanus komodoensis): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
CROCODILE MONITOR (Varanus salvadorii): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Australia is home to about one-half of the known species. Members of this family also live in Africa; central to southern mainland Asia; Southeast Asia, especially the Malaysian and Indonesian islands; and Papua, New Guinea.

These lizards live in many different habitats from dry deserts and grasslands, to lush forests and swamps. Some rarely if ever leave the land, and others rarely leave the water. Several species climb trees. This includes the green tree monitor of New Guinea and Australia, which has a very strong tail that it uses when climbing.

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