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Monitor lizards are reptiles that appear in The Lion Guard universe.

Appearance

In the Real World

Nile monitors are the largest lizards in Africa. They have long bodies with glossy gray-green or brownish-yellow scales.

In The Lion Guard

Monitor lizards are long, sleek reptiles with shiny swamp green scales. Some dark, muddy grey stripes go along their back, and cover their forelegs and feet, inverting the swamp green colors. Towards the top of their body, the stripes are outlined with a pale yellow line. They has a cream underbelly and four sharp black claws, and a few muddy grey spots. Their eyes are red, and fangs align their mouth. They have forked blue tongues, and they are also apparently much larger than in real life, as they have been described to be big as a crocodile.

Information

In the Real World

Monitor lizard is the common name of several large lizard species, comprising the genus Varanus. They are native to Africa, Asia and Oceania, but are now found also in the Americas as an invasive species. A total of 79 species are currently recognized. Monitor lizards have long necks, powerful tails and claws, and well-developed limbs. The adult length of extant species ranges from 20 cm (8 in) in some species, to over 3 m (10 ft) in the case of the Komodo dragon, though the extinct varanid known as Megalania (Varanus priscus) may have been capable of reaching lengths of more than 7 m (23 ft). Most monitor species are terrestrial, but arboreal and semiaquatic monitors are also known. While most monitor lizards are carnivorous, eating eggs, smaller reptiles, fish, birds and small mammals, some also eat fruit and vegetation, depending on where they live.

Notable Monitor Lizards in The Lion Guard

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