Le Varan orné, Varanus ornatus

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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.

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Comments (2)

ags83642 on October 28, 2013

Lots of great photos, pretty interesting photos! Hope all is going well! Greg.

christian vigna on October 28, 2013

Hi Greg, yes every think is fine here in Gabon for your information, next Sunday on November 3rd we will have an eclipse on Libreville around 3 p.m., I hope to obtain beautiful photography if the sky will be ok... wait & see... Ciao, CV.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 26, 2013
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    by christian vigna
    • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    • Taken on 2013/10/26 15:15:13
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 280.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO320
    • Exposure Bias: 0.33 EV
    • No flash