Desert monitor

Known for their impressive stamina and can travel long distances in search of food and water

Kudaibergen Amirekul

A remarkable lizard that thrives in some of the harshest environments on Earth. Found in the deserts of North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, this resilient reptile has many fascinating traits that help it survive in its arid habitat.

The desert monitor is a large lizard, with adults typically reaching lengths of 3 to 4 feet, although some can grow even longer. It has a robust body, strong limbs, and a long, muscular tail that can be as long as its body. Its skin is tough and covered in small, rough scales that provide protection against the harsh desert conditions. The coloration of the desert monitor varies, but it generally has a sandy or grayish hue that helps it blend into its surroundings.

Desert monitors are highly adaptable and can be found in a variety of desert habitats, including sandy dunes, rocky areas, and semi-arid regions. They are primarily terrestrial, meaning they spend most of their time on the ground, but they are also capable climbers and swimmers. These lizards are solitary creatures and are most active during the day, especially in the cooler hours of the morning and late afternoon.

To escape the extreme heat of the desert, desert monitors often dig burrows where they can find refuge. These burrows also provide a safe place for them to hide from predators and to sleep at night. In some cases, they may use burrows made by other animals.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
2016
Algeria
2016
Chad
2016
Egypt
2016
India
2016
Gujarat
Iran
2016
Iraq
2016
Israel
2016
Jordan
2016
Kazakhstan
2016
Kuwait
2016
Kyrgyzstan
2016
Lebanon
2016
Possibly Extant
Libya
2016
Mali
2016
Mauritania
2016
Morocco
2016
Niger
2016
Oman
2016
Pakistan
2016
Qatar
2016
Saudi Arabia
2016
Sudan
2016
Syria
2016
Tajikistan
2016
Tunisia
2016
Turkmenistan
2016
Turkey
2016
UAE
2016
Uzbekistan
2016
Yemen
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No