he Ornate Monitor is a member of the subgenera Polydaedalus. Formerly recognized as a subspecies of the Nile Monitor Varanus niloticus, BÖHME (2003) raised it to full species status. Dorsal coloration is an olive green to black color, with yellowish markings on the neck. Yellow occelli form four to five cross bands across the back. Ventral surface is yellowish with gray cross bands. The tongue is pink. One major difference that separates this species from V. niloticus is a much broader head. The nostrils are round and are situated nearer to eye than to tip of snout. Scales on the head are of moderate size. The tail is strongly laterally compressed, with a low dorsal crest. They may reach a total length of up to 2m.