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African Crocodile in Botswana, Chobe River Chobe National park
 
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Monitor Lizard - Varanus exanthematicus

This very large, stout lizard has strong, stocky limbs and sharp claws. The skin is tough and covered with small, bead-like scales, in 150-165 rows at midbody. The head has a bulbous snout, with the nostrils
slit-like and nearer the eyes than the end of the snout. The tail is longer than the body, and cylindrical at the base but compressed towards the tip. The back is dark grey-brown above, with 5-6 pale yellow, dark-edged blotches. The top of the head and neck are dark brown. The limbs are spotted with pale yellow, and the tail is banded in dark brown and off-white. The belly is dirty yellow, with scattered
spots. Juveniles are more intensely marked.

This monitor lives in a tunnel that it digs under rock overhangs, or in a disused animal burrow, a hole in a tree or a rock crack. It is usually solitary and hibernates, semi-dormant, in its retreat in winter. Its skin is usually dulled with dirt and grime, and sullied with patches of unshed skin. It is also well-adorned with ticks in the soft skin around the eyes, nostrils and limb joints. The diet consists mainly of invertebrates (millipedes, beetles, grasshoppers and land snails), although it will kill and eat any animal small
enough to swallow, and also scavenges on carrion; baby tortoises are frequently eaten. In defence, it adopts a side-on posture and lashes its tail. It will bite and hold on like a bulldog; if held behind the head, it usually ejects its cloacal contents, and finally it may sham death, hanging limp (but still keeping its eyes open). If this ruse works and it is released, it scampers to safety at the first opportunity. The martial eagle is the main predator on adults. It rarely tames in captivity, and, because of its size,
needs a large enclosure. Mating occurs in August-September. The female may occasionally lay her
eggs in a live termite nest, but normally uses a hole dug in soft, moist soil. She may dig several holes; before selecting a suitable spot. Between eight and 37 eggs (53-61 x 35-39mm, 32-46g) are laid, depending on the size of the female. The eggs hatch in 120 days in captivity, but may take up to 12 months in the wild.
Many clutches are eaten by the banded mongoose. They are most commonly found in the north and east of Botswana, not seen in Kalahari Desert.

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Lodges and Camps in Botswana: Audi Camp - Camp Moremi -Camp Okuti - Camp Okavango - Chief's Camp - Chitabe Camp - Chobe Game Lodge - Chobe Marina Lodge - Crocodile Camp - Deception Valley Lodge - Delta Safari Camp - Duba Plains Camp - Duma Tau Lodge - Elephant Camp Victoria Falls - Footsteps Camp - Gunn's Camp - Grassland Safari Lodge - Jacana Camp - Kanana Camp - Kings Pool - Kubu Safari Lodge - Kwara Camp Okavango Delta - Leroo-la-Tau - Linyanti Camp - Little Mombo Camp - Mariolina's Victoria Falls - Mapula Lodge - Mombo Safari Camp - Motsentsela Tree Lodge - Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp - Pom Pom Camp - Sandibe Safari Lodge - Santawani - Savute Safari Lodge - Savuti Camp - Semetsi Camp - Xakanaxa Camp - Xigera Camp - Xugana Lodge

Botswana Destinations: Chief's Island - Chobe National Park - Gemsbok National Park - Kalahari - Khwai - Linyanti - Makgadikgadi Pans - Maun - Moremi Game Reserve - Nogatsaa/Tchinga - Nxai Pan - Okavango Delta - Savute - Tsodilo hills - Tuli Block - Xakanaxa

Zimbabwe Destinations: Victoria Falls

Birds of Botswana: Crowned Plover - Blue Waxbill - Cormorant - Egyptian Goose - Fish Eagle - Grey Lourie - Kingfisher - Kori Bustard - Lilacbreasted Roller - Ostrich - Saddlebilled Stork - Secretary Bird

Mammals of Botswana: African Wild Dog - African Elephant - Baboon - Bat-Eared-Fox - Brown Hyena - Buffalo - Bushpig - Cheetah - Eland - Genet - Giraffe - Hartebeest - Hippo - Impala - Jackal - Kudu - Leopard - Lion - Oryx - Puku - Red Lechwe - Roan Antelope - Sable Antelope - Sitatunga - Slender Mongoose - Spotted Hyena - Springbok - Squirrel - Surikate - Tsessebe - Warthog - Waterbuck - Wildebeest - Zebra

Reptiles of Botswana: African Rock Python - African Crocodile - Black Mamba - Cape Cobra - Chameleon - Gecko - Leopard Tortoise - Monitor Lizard - Mozambican Cobra - Puff Adder