Fun Monitor Lizard Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Jan 14, 2023 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Aug 05, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
Monitor Lizard facts are very interesting

Irrespective of age everyone is well accustomed to common house lizards. Who knew that just another species of lizards from the family of Varanus can be so much more interesting and full of fun facts!

Here are some monitor lizard facts for kids and everyone else to enjoy. The family Varanidae is believed to be originated 65 million years ago.

Belonging to the family Varanidae, monitor lizards are large lizards. There are several species of this reptile, among which the Komodo Dragon is the largest lizard that can be found on the planet. The large-bodied, long-necked, and strong-tailed reptiles are an interesting species indeed.

The animals prey on a vast array of insects and other animals. However, among all their other prey, deer make up for quite a large amount of their diet.

Similar to other reptiles, they also lay eggs. The average litter size of a monitor lizard is 10. However, it changes depending on the species.

For instance, Komodo dragons can lay 20 eggs at a time. Some other monitor species can even lay 30 eggs at one go. They can mostly be found in parts of Asia and Africa, however, they can also be found in parts of America, where they are considered invasive species.

For similar content, check out the cottonmouth snake and the water dragon.

Monitor Lizard Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Monitor Lizard?

The monitor lizard is a type of reptile and belongs to the Varanus genus.

What class of animal does a Monitor Lizard belong to?

Monitor lizards belong to the reptile class of animals.

How many Monitor Lizards are there in the world?

The exact number of monitor lizards present in the world is hard to estimate, however, there are 70 different species of monitor lizards.

Where does a Monitor Lizard live?

The species is a vastly found one. Monitor lizards are eurytopic. They can adapt to a range of different habitats. Monitor lizards can be found in Africa, China, the Indian subcontinent, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Asia, New Guinea, and Brunei.

Monitor lizards are readily found in parts of Africa, Asia, and in some islands of Oceania as well. They can also be found in certain parts of America. However, America is not their natural habitat, and thus the lizards are considered to be invasive species.

What is a Monitor Lizard's habitat?

Depending on the species, the animal's natural habitat varies. Monitor lizards can adapt to a vast array of habitats. They can be found living on trees and even in semi-aquatic habitats.

Who do Monitor Lizards live with?

Monitor lizards are often found living on their own. However, groups, as big as 25 individuals, are also common in the ecosystem.

How long does a Monitor Lizard live?

The lifespan of monitor lizards varies from eight to 30 years.

How do they reproduce?

Monitor lizards, like any other reptiles, reproduce through mating and laying eggs. After two months of mating, they lay eggs.

What is their conservation status?

Although the species is not extinct yet, they are endangered, hence protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. The main threats to monitor lizards are human beings. It can be divided into three further parts including habitat destruction, international trade of reptile skin, and human consumption.

Monitor Lizard Fun Facts

What do Monitor Lizards look like?

Monitor Lizard in a desert

The body of monitor lizards is covered in scales, colored green, tan grey, or brown. The reptiles are large in size with long, powerful tails, and exceptionally long necks. Along with well-developed limbs, they have pretty strong claws.

How cute are they?

The species do not look particularly cute. However, they are exceptionally shy. They prey on animals including snakes and small mammals such as deer. Given their nature, it would be more appropriate to call them wild than cute.

How do they communicate?

Monitor lizards use body postures, smells, and sounds to communicate with each other.

How big is a Monitor Lizard?

The average length of the animal is 102.36 in (260 cm). They are more than 30 times bigger than common house lizards.

How fast can a Monitor Lizard move?

Depending upon different species of monitor lizards, their average pace changes. For instance, the Komodo Dragon has a speed of 12.42 mph or 20kph. Many Australian monitor lizards are also known to have great speed.

How much does a Monitor Lizard weigh?

The weight of an average monitor lizard falls somewhere between 174 - 200 lb (79 - 91kg).

What are their male and female names of the species?

There are no specific names for the male and female species of the monitor lizard. It means irrespective of the gender the animal goes by the name of monitor lizard.

What would you call a baby Monitor Lizard?

The baby monitor lizards have no specific name assigned to them. Thus, it goes by the name of the parent species. A baby monitor lizard is therefore called a hatchling.

What do they eat?

They are omnivorous animals, as stated before, which means that they eat other animals. The monitor lizard prey on a variety of insects and animals, including small mammals, snakes, fish, and crabs. However, deers make up 50% of the diet of an adult monitor lizard. Monitor lizards kill their prey after pursuing them by chasing or swimming after them.

Are they poisonous?

Monitors are venomous. However, the impact of their venom on the human body is extremely mild. Therefore they may not be able to kill humans.

Would they make a good pet?

No, they would probably not make a good pet. It might not be the ideal choice for a pet as a monitor lizard pet is a lot different to deal with than any other regular pet such as a dog or a cat.

Their strong feet, long necks, sharp nails indeed make them an interesting animal, but surely not an ideal pet.

Did you know...

Monitor lizard includes Komodo dragon, which is the largest species of lizard alive today. Thus, they are a kind of monitor lizard.

Lace monitor lizard facts state that they are the second-largest lizards found in Australia.

In Africa, Nile Monitors are the largest lizards, according to Nile Monitor Lizard Facts.

Previously, monitor lizards went by the name of 'Monitory Lizards', but the term became obsolete by 1920. Varanids' sporadic habit of standing on both rear legs and seeming to 'monitor' or their alleged habit of 'warning people of the presence of poisonous creatures' may have inspired the term.

Different types of Monitor Lizard

There are approximately 70 types of different species of monitor lizards. Among which five are quite popular. These types are - Komodo dragon, Asian water monitor lizard, crocodile monitor lizard, Nile monitor lizard, and the Bengal monitor lizard.

The Komodo dragon is the largest lizard species alive in today's world and can be found on the Komodo Island of Indonesia. Asian water monitor lizard (Varanus Salvator), also known as water monitors, can be found in Southeast Asia.

Crocodile monitors, living in the coastal and mountainous regions, are often hunted for their meat and skin. Nile monitors prefer water as their natural habitat. Sub-Saharan Africa and the river Nile are also places where they can be found.

Do people keep Monitor Lizards?

In many states, it is not illegal to own an earless monitor lizard. However, it often requires a special permit. Even if someone becomes able to get the permit, taking care of the monitors can be quite hazardous.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other reptiles including the sand lizard and the bog turtle.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our monitor lizard coloring pages.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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