Water Monitor


This Water Monitor (Varanus niloticus), a species which is considered the largest lizard in Africa, was caught basking in the last sun rays of afternoon. Within seconds this reptile, measuring about 1 metre long, was bounding toward the nearby pan at full speed. Water monitors are mostly carnivorous, feasting on a wide variety of protein sources including frogs, fish, rodents, birds and eggs, including those of the crocodile, and even small crocodiles. They also scavenge for carrion with the precincts of their watery homes, but they do not venture too far from the water. They are very good swimmers. Unfortunately this image was taken from the wrong direction. Better shots have been taken!
(Canon 7D; f/5.6; 1/200sec; ISO-125; 105mm)

Picture (c)2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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