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Varanus nebulosus


Varanus nebulosus

Family Name: Varanidae
Taxonomic Group: Vertebrates (Reptile)
Common Name: Clouded Monitor


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Size 1.7 m
Description Head narrow, skin thick and leathery with small non-overlapping scales. Tongue slender and forked. Ear opening about the same size as the eye. Snout relatively short with nostrils positioned midway between the eye and the tip of the snout. Greyish brown densely covered with yellow spots. Fingers have yellow line along their length, with a yellow spot at the base of each digit. Banded colouration in juveniles usually more distinct.

Ecology, Habitat & Location

Ecological Notes Can be spotted on the forest floor digging up the substrate in search of small prey such as arthropods.
Habitats Forest
Distribution Distributed across continental Southeast Asia and Java.
Nature Reserves Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Central Catchment Nature Reserve
Nature Areas Pulau Ubin




References Baker, N. & Lim, K. 2012. Wild animals of Singapore. Singapore: Draco Publishing and Distribution Pte Ltd. 180pp

Grismer, L. L.. 2011. Lizards of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, and their Adjacent Archipelagos. Their Description, Distribution, and Natural History. Germany: Edition Chimaira. 728pp


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Species record last updated on: 21 August 2019.

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