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Monitor lizards, also known as Biawak or Goannas, genus Varanus, are members of the family Varanidae. They have a distinctive upper set of teeth to intimidate their predators when in danger. Varanus is a group of largely carnivorous lizards which includes the largest living lizard, the Komodo Dragon, and the Crocodile Monitor. The closest living relatives are the anguid and helodermatid lizards.

Monitor lizards are usually large reptiles, although some can be as small as 12 centimeters in length. They have long necks, powerful tails and claws, and well-developed limbs. Most species are terrestrial, but arboreal and semi-aquatic monitors are also known. Almost all monitor lizards are carnivorous, although Varanus bitatawa, Varanus prasinus and Varanus olivaceus are also known to eat fruit. They are oviparous, laying from 7 to 37 eggs, which they often cover with soil or protect in a hollow tree stump.

The various species of Varanus cover a vast area, occurring through Africa, the Asian subcontinent from India and Sri Lanka to China, down Southeast Asia to Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea, Australia and islands of the Indian Ocean, and South China Sea. There is also a large concentration of monitor lizards in Tioman Island in the Malaysian state of Pahang


Image Information
Max Aperture   2.8
Exposure Program   Shutter speed priority AE
Camera Model   NIKON D300S
Orientation   Horizontal (normal)
Light Source   Unknown
ISO Rating   320
Flash   No Flash
Camera Make   NIKON CORPORATION
Aperture   2.8
Focal length   200.0 mm
Metering Mode   Center-weighted average
Shutter Speed   1/500

Originally from the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Winston is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. He is also an alumnus of
The Catholic University of America, Washington DC, and the University of Miami. He is a former print media and broadcast journalist and a former News Editor at the
Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (Nassau). After his last diplomatic appointment as Consul General (1984), Winston retired from the Bahamas
Diplomatic Service (1994) after almost two decades as one of the pioneering members of the (then) newly created Bahamian Foreign
Service (1973-74). Winston now resides in the United States shuttling between South Florida, the District
of Columbia (Washington DC) and his birth home in The Bahamas.

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