Sex: Female

Latin name:  Varanus niloticus

Native Home: The Nile Monitor is a large member of the monitor family found throughout much of Africa

Size: The Nile Monitor lizard is the largest lizard in Africa, growing up to 2.1 meters (7 feet) long.

Diet: Nile Monitors will eat anything that fits into their mouth and can be swallowed as a whole, like fish, snails, slugs, frogs, toads, eggs (in particular crocodile eggs), birds, small mammals, young crocodiles, turtles, crabs, large insects, termites, caterpillars and carrion.

Reproduction: The Nile Monitor breeds once annually, with the season starting in June and ending in October range-wide. Males may reportedly fight each other in violent "wrestling matches," presumably due to competition for mating opportunities. The female excavates a hole in the ground or in an active termite nest and lays 20 to 60 eggs. This may take 2-3 days to complete. Eggs may take up to 1 year to hatch

Lifespan: The expected lifespan of the Nile Monitor  in captivity is reported at between 10 and 20 years.